EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCAROL FOUTY
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Allegations Of Profiting From The Bench
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Mar. 7, 2012 6:50 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Allegations of profiting from the bench, it's the latest claim against a Kanawha County Magistrate. Sources have told Eyewitness News that magistrate Carol Fouty will help out defendants, in exchange for goods and services. And we talked to a woman who says that's exactly how she and members of her family have gotten out of trouble
"She would always help my son and my husband because they did construction work and if she needed any kind of construction work or repairs done to any of her houses or anything like that then my husband or my son would always help her, so she always helped them," Sandra Shaffer says.
Shaffer says Magistrate Fouty helped her, her husband and her son out of legal trouble and in exchange, they would help her with maintenance and construction on some of her rental properties.
"She always told them, 'You know, I've got this to do or I've got that to do,'" Shaffer says of Fouty. "Last time little Rod was in court she told him that her steps were still messed up and she needed him to get them fixed and she gave him her cell phone telephone number."
Shaffer says Fouty has helped her family several times, mainly with gun and drug charges.
"We always made sure that we tried to catch her there and a lot of people did it.," Shaffer says.
And sources have told Eyewitness News that Fouty helped other people out in exchange for services and even food.
Fouty's maid was arrested last week for DUI. Fouty had dismissed a marijuana charge against the woman a few days before hiring her to clean her house. When we asked Fouty about that, she said she didn't remember dismissing the woman's charge and was just hiring a family friend.
Fouty wasn't available for comment on the latest allegations.
Prosecutors still won't confirm or deny if there is an investigation into the magistrate.
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