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Magistrate judge to take GED test after suspension

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia magistrate will take a GED test after being suspended for not finishing high school, her lawyer said Thursday.
Attorney Teresa C. Toriseva issued a statement saying Ohio County Magistrate Janine Varner didn’t graduate high school but instead completed a vocational program.
The state Supreme Court of Appeals suspended Varner without pay Wednesday but did not give a reason other than saying there is probable cause she “has engaged or is currently engaged in a serious violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct.”
Toriseva says she believes Varner meets the state’s qualifications for magistrates but that Varner will take the GED test to remove all doubts.
“Ms. Varner expects to and hopes to have a long career in service to the residents of Ohio County by serving as an Ohio County Magistrate,” said Toriseva.
Varner was appointed as magistrate last month after her predecessor, Harry A. Radcliffe, was sentenced to four months in prison for tax fraud.