West Virginia judge suspended after having affair says she has resigned from the bench


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A Randolph County judge suspended until the end of her term for having an affair said Tuesday that she has resigned.

Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong submitted her resignation letter to West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis, she said.

"Ultimately, I do not want to burden the taxpayers of this state with the financial obligation to pay for the services of senior status judges during the period of my suspension. This was one of my main considerations in my decision to resign," Wilfong said in an email to The Associated Press.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy said the court hadn't received the letter by midafternoon Tuesday.

The Supreme Court suspended Wilfong without pay in October until Dec. 31, 2016. She had been suspended from hearing cases involving the county prosecutor since May.

Justice Menis Ketchum wrote in the court's ruling that Wilfong demeaned her office, impaired the judiciary's integrity and undermined public confidence.

Wilfong had admitted in April to having a two-year affair with William Travis Carter. At the time, Carter was director of the North Central Community Corrections program in Elkins. He and his subordinates appeared in front of Wilfong in criminal cases on behalf of the prosecuting attorney.

Carter resigned his position with the corrections program in December 2013.

Wilfong said Tuesday that comments made by local attorneys who filed reports about her conduct caused her to re-evaluate herself, her marriage, and the way people perceive her.

"For that, I am grateful," she said. "What I did was morally wrong, and it created discomfort among those who surround me. I again wish to apologize to each of those individuals and humbly ask for their forgiveness."

Wilfong said her conduct did not adversely affect any decision, litigant or hearing over which she presided.

Wilfong, a lawyer since 1995, had served as a circuit judge since 2009. She previously served as a family court judge for six years.

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