EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSparks Given Chance To Respond On Law License
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 20, 2013 9:05 PM EDT
Williamson , Mingo County , West Virginia
The West Virginia Supreme Court was expected to hand down a ruling Friday on the future of prosecutor Michael Sparks' law license, but, instead, he was been given the chance to respond.
Sparks is fighting to keep his law license and keep his job, saying he did nothing wrong and went to federal investigators, without being promised immunity, to help them in their investigation into Mingo County's only judge.
Judge Michael Thornsbury was arrested last month and new charges were filed against him Thursday.
In the newest federal information, Sparks was named, but not charged, allegedly part of a conspiracy to offer a drug defendant a lesser plea to stop him from talking to the FBI about alleged drug dealings with then-Sheriff Eugene Crum. Sparks denies the allegation.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel has filed a petition, asking for Sparks' law license to be suspended, claiming he should have reported illegal activity by the judge. Sparks claims he didn't have enough evidence to file a complaint and without the evidence it would have been professional and political suicide.
That is what he had to say in his formal response to the court, but in an open message to the public on Facebook,
Sparks was much more candid and had some harsh words for the judge, saying:
“I was shocked by the unfounded accusations against me... Thornsbury is a sinister, vindictive womanizer that abused the powers of his judgeship...
Sparks asked the court to review his response before ruling. As for when they will rule, typically, in these situations, the court does act quickly.
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