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Judge Zakaib To Hear City Effort To Ban Prosecutor Mark Plants From Domestic Violence Cases

Reported: Apr. 15, 2014 11:10 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 11:29 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (Bob Aaron) -- Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib has been assigned to hear a petition from Charleston to ban the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office from handling its domestic violence cases.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones had the city go to court to seek a ruling that Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants and his office not be allowed to handle any domestic violence cases Charleston police have involving parents and minor children.

Jones' announcement follows a filing last week by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel with the state Supreme Court. The filing said Plants and his office should not be able to handle such cases because of a conflict of interest.

Plants said during a news conference on Monday that he does not believe there is a conflict of interest, has no plans to resign and the people of the county have benefited with him in the role of prosecutor.

The case was first assigned to Judge Jim Stucky, but he recused himself.

Zakaib's office indicated the judge is on vacation and is not expected to return to the courthouse for two weeks.



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