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Judge self-reports relationship

Wilfong one of four to file JIC complaint

October 24, 2013

ELKINS — Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong released a statement Wednesday acknowledging a relationship with a county employee in response to being questioned by The......

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Oct-24-13 9:58 AM

This is sad. Judge Wilfong has been a great judge, but for her to become involved with a law enforcement official that she works with really muddies the waters in many ways. Very disappointed in Judge Wilfong's actions.

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Oct-24-13 10:43 AM

Quote from the article, Judge Wilfong said "I work very hard every day to serve the citizens of Randolph County. However, I am not a perfect person". Exactly Judge Wilfong, maybe we should all remember none of us are perfect. This goes for the very people who appear in front of you every day.

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Oct-24-13 10:45 AM

She should step down ... He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much ... or maybe what's happening down in Mingo County will be happening in Randolph ...

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Oct-24-13 12:37 PM

I, too, am disappointed in Judge Wilfong's actions, and I feel very sorry for the embarrassment and humiliation this must be causing Mr. Wilfong, and Mrs. Carter and her children. However, I have never understood why such personal info. has to be front-page news! So the judge made poor judgement? Making mistakes in your personal life, and making mistakes in your professional life, are two entirely different issues. And I don't think Mr. Carter should have been reprimanded, and Mrs. Godwin-Wilfong has not. I wouldn't have punished either one, unless their relationship interfered with their abilities to do their jobs. Doesn't sound like that's the case.

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Oct-24-13 1:17 PM

I can agree that the judge making a personal mistake shouldn't be front page news but in this case the relationship would be a conflict of interest, she is sentencing people to this program. I can only hope her intentions were noble but I have known folks on the program no one has spoke highly of Mr. Carter. he is not helpful with transforming these offender's lives. The only thing he is good at is power plays and having control over these offenders lives. I have no respect for the man I can only hope a better person takes his job. As for Mrs. Wilfong I have always had respect for her and hope that this doesn't taint her career. she is a good judge,like Bill Clinton made a terrible mistake.

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Oct-24-13 5:15 PM

This was an appointed position for Mr. Carver. That's a huge conflict with he and the judge. She needs to be accountable for her actions as well. She could have been agreeing to his recommendations bc they are in a relationship! Good for her to come clean but, shame on her for doing the wrong thing!

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Oct-24-13 5:25 PM

I think she should be asked to step down, I never felt she was ever fair or impartial to any proceedings, I think she should be rep remanded for her actions. She has been bias and opinionated with her rulings and now her actions are starting to come out.

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Oct-24-13 6:05 PM

Why is Judge Wilfong still operating at usual while Mr. Carter is suspended? This is a matter involving many public officials. This is not a matter of liking or disliking the involved parties. It’s a matter of doing what is right. Why is Mr. Carter the only one being held accountable? Mr. Taylor, you mentioned you wanted us residents to know you the remainder of the commission are taking this matter seriously. How about start by doing the right thing? Many people have said this “Relationship” is old news, rumored that MANY County Officials have known about it for sometime, Including Commissioner Taylor. Are all of these Officials who were aware of this matter being investigated as well? Talk about UNETHICAL. The County is opening up a can of worms that is far from necessary! Let Mr. Carter Walk or Subject the Judge and the other involved County Officials to the same treatment/suspension. Oh wait if that happened… The County would go into SHUTDOWN.

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Oct-24-13 7:41 PM

JOHN 8:7 He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone at her. If you have an axe to grind get out our tool at home and grind it.

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Oct-24-13 8:21 PM

I have had her for my judge for years, and if someone messes up she will be the first person to point a finger ! I hope she feels really good about herself ! I would like to see her face when she was caught . god I hope she gets disbarred and kicked off her seat ! hows that Jamie ? how does it feel to be judged like u judge everyone else? like they said in the Bible tho shall not judge !

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Oct-24-13 10:42 PM

BARFFFFFFFFFF!!! I just threw up. Well hopefully shes judged like she's assessed people.

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Oct-25-13 9:28 AM

Seriously, are we really supposed to believe that this has only been going on for just a few months and she has a sudden realization that she should report this with no outside pressure. Wouldn't surprise me if this has been going on for some time and others that knew were afraid that it would reflect badly on them if they didn't report. None the less, I hope the intermountain provides the public with the same intense, almost daily coverage that was provided when the past prosecuter was in the news.To me this is a much more damanging to public trust. She needs to step down or be removed.Bad judgement here could mean bad judgement on the bench. It causes one to wonder about the placment of so many in community corrections given the relationship between the two. And finally, if one person invovled in the situation is suspended then all parties should be suspended until the investigation is complete.Fair is fair and Mr Carter should not be made the scapegoat in this. It takes two to tang

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Oct-25-13 6:44 PM

In life, do we not all make personal mistakes? As a wife in a bad marriage, sometimes you go where the attention is. Who are any of us to judge her personal situation? She is still highly capable of doing her job. judging criminals vs. judging personal affairs. I'm sure all you gossip mongering haters will be all over this. Glass houses people. Show me a perfect person and I say the stain is on the dress. Slick Willie didn't get removed. Still functioned better than the last 2. This cigar is for you JUDGE Wilfong!

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Oct-26-13 12:41 PM

The InterMountain made this personal matter front page news, exposing the personal lives of both the Judge Wilfong and Mr. Carter for all of West Virginia. Yes, Judge Wilfong is an elected official, but I wonder how quickly this paper would be willing to expose other county/state officials for such personal transgressions. As for those of you with a beef with Mr. Carter, the people in the program could all go back to jail and rot there. His program offers you a change to be home with family. If you knowing break the rules, it his duty to enforce them, not give you a free ride. Every since slick willy got away with his behavior in the Whitehouse, most people feel there is no harm in this type of behavior. So, don't be so quick to judge these two if you are not willing to put your life on display in the InterMountain.

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Oct-28-13 10:02 AM

Just to explain something that I think no one seems to understand, the judge may be elected by the citizens of Randolph County, she works for the state and is not subject to the county commission. For Judge Wilfong to be removed from office, not of her own doing, I believe the West Virginia State Supreme Court would have to do so.

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Oct-31-13 10:32 AM

The Judge should step down. She holds a higher position then Mr. Carter and should be reprimanded to the extent. How she can sit in the position she holds and pass any judgment on cases with similar charges.... I'm sure many others agree in our community. I wonder how many others have been wrongly accused by her sentencing! I think all of us should step up and do what it takes to get her out!

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