CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Supreme Court is being asked to immediately suspend the law license of Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks after information about his alleged conduct surfaced in a federal investigation Thursday.

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Federal court papers allege Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks was part of courthouse conspiracy.

(Read full petition here.)

Sparks allegedly conspired with suspended Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden and deceased Sheriff Eugene Crum to pressure a Delbarton man named in drug charges to switch attorneys.

The federal information alleges the group wanted George White to stop speaking with federal authorities who were looking at drug allegations against Sheriff Crum.

The petition filed by the West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel says Sparks can no longer represent the interests of Mingo County residents and should be suspended.

Sparks took himself off Crum’s murder case Wednesday citing “an emerging conflict of interest.”

 

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  • John Moser

    It's curious that every article mentioning this incident makes no reference to party affiliation. Hmm...

  • Dont Doubtme

    they have tried run him out of town by hurting his business at every opportunity. He is an excellent attorney who really is passionate about the law and ethics, they hate that.
    Oh and just so you know the bank is owned by none other than Harry Keith and Keith has threatened the local paper to say a word about the indictment of the mayor and so they dont. Obviously the WDN is not a newspaper its our version of MSNBC. Only reporting what is good for the click in power

  • Dont Doubtme

    Wait until you all hear about the Mayor. He was an official at the bank but has been on suspension for about 4 months. His name is linked to the contractor scandals that caused 3 or 4 of em to plead guilty to money laundering and workmans comp claims. He is linked to that and is now running around town say he has been indicted but he wont admit it to any of the press. How bad is it in Mingo County? It is very bad, getting worse and Lord knows we need some help in cleaning the place out. West is one of the good guys but they have been double teaming him since he got his law license. They cannot control him so th

  • Dont Doubtme

    Wait until you all hear about the Mayor. He was an official at the bank but has been on suspension for about 4 months. His name is linked to the contractor scandals that caused 3 or 4 of em to plead guilty to money laundering and workmans comp claims. He is linked to that and is now running around town say he has been indicted but he wont admit it to any of the press. How bad is it in Mingo County? It is very bad, getting worse and Lord knows we need some help in cleaning the place out. West is one of the good guys but they have been double teaming him since he got his law license. They cannot control him so they have always cut his throat. Plenty of good people in Mingo, just looking for a chance to clean up the place. Makes Lincoln County look like a saints paradise now

  • Mingo

    I went to school with Sparks and in school he always thought his crap didn't smell. It's ripe as of now and I bet he's smelling it himself! Lol

  • wvtd

    mingo county is ripe for a reality tv series.

  • john

    Well all iv got o say sorry they didnt do this a long time ago its been so bad over thete im glad there cleaning it out they dont need to stop there they need to investigate the cps to they were in with the judge also just saying

  • ljmax

    Ms. Cipoletti, the Chief Counsel for the Lawyers Disciplinary Counsel should proof read her submissions to the Supreme Court. Click on the link above for the petition and check out paragraph 3 on page 2 of her petition. “…using the authority of the police, the state grand jury, and the courts. R.W. was the husband of Judge Thornsbury’s husband, with whom Judge Thornsbury had an extramarital relationship.” Huh, I think she means “secretary” instead of “husband”…if I were a Justice on our highest court, I would ask for her resignation from the position she holds…this woman is the Chief Counsel and she doesn’t proof a document like this one before she submits it to the Supreme Court. I wouldn’t trust my freedom or my interest to 95% of the lawyers practicing in West Virginia. Heaven help us all. We get what we deserve with the public officials we elect. Other counties are as bad if not worse.

  • maggie may

    what a frightening place to be living. I hope and pray that soon there will be peace to the citizens of Mingo Co.

  • GregG

    The sad part is, these types of actions are taking place in every county. I just hope they dig into every county in the state.

  • chad

    I said it when it happened and I'll say it again. The forces at work inr the sheriffs murder reach far deeper than just some oxy snortin nut with a gun. Maynard was ordered to make that hit.

    • Hillbilly

      Oh, I guarantee that... Maynard was just the stooge for someone... did his dirty work.

  • Levelheaded

    Don't be shocked. Political corruption was practically invented in West Virginia. We're just lucky right now that we have good Federal prosecutors. This has not always been the case.

  • Stash

    Not gone wild! Always wild. We just know more about it now.

    • I agree the whole court house need new employers been the most crooked co. In the state of WV.

      They are just a bunch of crooks American we just as dumb for voting them in.

  • Marie Duty

    Things just keep getting worse and worse, I'm in Awl, I feel for the families of the ones doing this, it's a disgrace!!...and Dave I agree, Mingo gone wild , I think Michigan moved there too... Smh, I will be praying for Mingo co

  • DAVE

    MINGO GONE WILD ....... WHO KNEW CHICAGO HAD MOVED TO THE HILLS