The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 2, 2013

Ethics hearing for Beckley Mayor Pugh delayed again

Attorneys for both sides reportedly working on settlement agreement

CHARLESTON — When it meets today in Charleston the West Virginia Ethics Commission is expected to approve a staff request for a continuance on a hearing for Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh who is accused of committing nine ethics violations.

A hearing for Pugh was supposed to begin Wednesday in Beckley but was postponed as attorneys for both sides are reportedly working towards a settlement agreement in the case.

Pugh has been accused of using his position as mayor for private gain and the gain of others, and accepting improper gifts. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The hearing for Pugh has been delayed multiple times, the most recent being in January when the Ethics Commission’s lead counsel on the case resigned to take a position with the West Virginia Attorney General’s office.

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