CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Magistrate Carol Fouty, who faces charges of violating judicial code of conduct, resigned after 26 years in her post.
Fouty faxed her resignation letter to West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Menis Ketchum and mailed a letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tenant's office Friday, she said. Fouty will not seek re-election, she said.
Fouty, 75, wrote that she had health problems and wanted to spend more time with her family.
"I'm not well," Fouty said Sunday afternoon. "What time I have left, I think I need to spend it with my kids and grandkids."
Fouty has been suspended without pay since April. She faces charges from the Judicial Investigation Commission of the Supreme Court that she dismissed drug possession charges against a Charleston woman who later worked for her, according to previous Gazette reports.
The investigation began in February when police pulled over Melea Dawn Fisher of Charleston while she drove Fouty's car in Kanawha City. Fisher told police she was running errands for Fouty and appeared confused and disoriented, according to a criminal complaint from Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Police allegedly found prescription drugs and marijuana in Fisher's purse and charged her with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
According to court records, Fouty had dismissed a previous citation against Fisher for possession of drugs a month earlier.