Thomas McHugh (judge)

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Thomas E. McHugh is an American jurist who served on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.[1] In 1980 and 1992, McHugh was elected as a Democrat to full, twelve-year terms on the Court. He however retired on December 31, 1997, with 7 years remaining on his term, and resumed the practice of law in Chaleston.

On September 10, 2008, then-Chief Justice Eliot E. "Spike" Maynard named McHugh to temporarily replace Justice Joseph P. Albright. Justice Albright had taken medical leave after being diagnosed with esophegial cancer. Justice Albright died on March 20, 2009.[2][3] On April 8, 2009, then Governor Joe Manchin appointed Justice McHugh to Justice Albright's vacant seat. Under Article 8, Section 2 of the West Virginia Constitution, McHugh's appointment was limited until the next, regular election (2010), which McHugh won. He pledged to not run for the full term in 2012 and left the court in January 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas E. McHugh biography, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  2. ^ Wheeling Intelligencer
  3. ^ Charleston Gazette
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Preceded by
Fred H. Caplan
Justice for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
1981–1997
Succeeded by
John F. McCuskey
Preceded by
Joseph P. Albright
Justice for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Allen Loughry