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Judge orders W.Va. gov to provide docs in residency case

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., after the House of Delegates passed a motion to postpone indefinitely a vote on Senate Bill 451. Justice is a hard man to find. Since he took office as the state’s 36th governor a little more than two years ago, he has been criticized for missing key policy debates and rarely being at the statehouse. Some lawmakers suggest he can’t focus on governing because he’s too busy tending to his business empire, now under intense scrutiny from the federal government. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered lawyers for the governor of West Virginia to hand over documents requested in an ongoing lawsuit over his residency.
News outlets report Judge Charles King rejected a dismissal motion Wednesday by Gov. Jim Justice’s attorneys and ordered the documents requested by Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle be delivered within 30 days.
Sponaugle is suing to require Justice live in the state’s capital of Charleston per the state constitution that says the governor should “reside at the seat of the government.” Justice’s lawyers say the meaning of “reside” is unclear.
The requested documents include Justice’s tax returns, security detail logs and expenses and any official documents stored at or sent from Justice’s Lewisburg home.
Sponaugle has sued three times over Justice’s residency; technicalities killed the previous lawsuits.