UPDATE: State Constitution calls for Pomrenke to be stripped of pension
Virginia's constitution says Kurt Pomrenke, stripped of Bristol's juvenile judge position and sentenced to prison, will also lose his state retirement benefits. And state law calls for the General Assembly to replace him.
Pomrenke was sentenced to 2 months in prison by a federal judge Thursday and removed from the bench earlier in the week by the Virginia Supreme Court. It stems from evidence of efforts by Pomrenke and his wife, Stacey, to influence witnesses before her trial and conviction for corruption in the BVU scandal.
The state constitution says a judge removed is no longer entitled to state retirement benefits but can retrieve his personal contributions. It will be up to legislators when they convene in January to consider applicants to replace him, although a temporary appointment could come from the circuit court.