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JIC issues charges against Wilfong

April 28, 2014
By Matthew Burdette - Executive Editor ( , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong admitted to a two-year-long affair with North Central Community Corrections Executive Director William Travis Cater in her official response to charges issued April 17 and released to the media Monday by the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission.

The JIC cited Wilfong for violating four canons of the judicial code of conduct, including:

* Canon 1: A judge shall uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

* Canon 2: A judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of the judge's activities

* Canon 3: A judge shall perform the duties of judicial office impartially and diligently.

* Canon 4: A judge shall so conduct the judge's extra-judicial activities to minimize the risk of conflict with judicial obligation.

Thirty-five separate counts are listed within the four primary charges in connection to the affair, which began in October 2011 and concluded in October 2013 when Wilfong self-reported to the JIC.

JIC documents reveal that Wilfong's law clerk, Mary Catherine Wendekier, Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker and attorneys Christopher Cooper, R. Mike Mullens, Heather Weese, Raymond LaMora and David Wilmoth all filed complaints in addition to the judge's self-report.

See complete details in Tuesday's edition of The Inter-Mountain.



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