UPDATE: Magistrate judge denies quash motions in Pomrenke case
A magistrate judge ruled late Thursday that federal prosecutors will be able to access files and information submitted to a judicial oversight commission in charge of investigating possible misconduct by Bristol Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Kurt Pomrenke.
Those documents will be produced and placed under seal in the offices of U.S. District Court for review only by U.S. attorneys involved in the case, according to the written ruling issued by Judge Pamela Meade Sergeant that was obtained by News 5.
Pomrenke and the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission had both filed motions to quash the subpoenas for a contempt of court case against the judge Sept. 13 in Abingdon. The judge and JIRC had argued that the files were classified and could not be released under state law.
Pomrenke is being accused of violating court orders by receiving and reviewing materials used in his wife Stacey's corruption trial as part of the BVU scandal. The JIRC group is currently reviewing the judge for a recommendation of possible censure, retirement or removal from the bench.