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WV Supreme Court looking deeper into Judge Webster's office

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Days after ordering an inquiry into the administration of Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster's office and the Circuit Clerk's office, the Supreme Court says further investigation is needed.

The Administrative Order was handed down Thursday; just two days after the high court ordered a preliminary inquiry.

The new order states that "based upon information gathered from information gathered from the preliminary official inquiry, the Court deems that further investigation is warranted in matters related to the administration of the docket of the Honorable Carrie Webster, Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, including but not limited to the procedures of Judge Webster's office and the office of the Circuit Clerk of Kanawha County, to ensure that fair and appropriate standards are being maintained."

Questions were raised after, Jeremy Carter, who is suspected of kidnapping, was mistakenly released from South Central Regional Jail. Webster initially took the blame for the error last week, but in a three-page statement issued Sunday she laid responsibility on a worker in Circuit Clerk Cathy Gatson's office. 

Carter walked free last Thursday despite no one paying his $150,000 surety bond. He was arrested again Tuesday while sleeping in a South Charleston home.

Court Administrator Steve Canterbury was tasked with the preliminary inquiry into "matters related to the administration of the docket of the Honorable Carrie Webster, Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, including but not limited to the procedures of Judge Webster's office and the Circuit Clerk of Kanawha County, to ensure that fair and appropriate standards of procedure are being maintained, and to report the same to the Supreme Court of Appeals." Canterbury said Thursday evening he would not comment on the new order, saying only that it speaks for itself.


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