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Varner Resigns Magistrate Post

WHEELING — Ohio County Magistrate Janine Varner, who was suspended without pay Wednesday by an order of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, has resigned her post.

Varner submitted her resignation to West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker late Wednesday. Varner’s attorney, Teresa Toriseva, said Varner was suspended because she did not complete high school, which is required of those serving as magistrate under West Virginia law.

She was sworn in last month to fill the term of former magistrate Harry Radcliffe, who pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court to a Klein tax conspiracy. She has worked 15 years in the local court system, mostly with the Ohio County Prosecutorás Office and the Ohio County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

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