CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County family court judge could face disciplinary action from the state Supreme Court after being charged with misdemeanor battery by Charleston police.

Judge Mark Snyder allegedly grabbed a nurse by the arm at CAMC General Monday night in an attempt to get her to administer care to a friend of the judge who was a patient at the hospital.

The criminal complaint said the nurse told Snyder she would talk with the patient but Snyder allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to pull her down the hallway. He also allegedly yelled at the nurse. The judge was later escorted from the hospital.

Snyder has been charged with battery on health care providers. He was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and released.

State Supreme Court Administrator Steve Canterbury filed a complaint Tuesday afternoon against Snyder with the state Judicial Investigation Commission. He said the JIC has 10 days to make a recommendation to the state Supreme Court.

“They can find there’s nothing to the complaint. They can also recommend to the Court that the judge be suspended without pay. They can file a public censor. They can file a private mentoring-sort of letter,” Canterbury said.

Snyder’s arrest is believed the first arrest of a Family Court Judge in West Virginia. Family Court judges used to be appointed by the governor but they began running in partisan elections in 2002.


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  • 2XLPatriot

    It takes a big man to grab a woman. I would love for this guy to grab me by the arm and pull me down a hallway. I'm an RN and have had my share of "tussles" with unruly people in a health care setting. They got a big suprise and quickly realized their mistake.

  • Larry

    Who knew, one of Marshalls former coaches now a family judge, big step up.

  • Brian

    Do you mean public censure?


    This is total bull crap. This one better not be swept under the rug and the nurse better not be ostracized or black balled in any fashion. He committed an egregious criminal act by grabbing her. We will all be watching this one.

    • Brian

      Haaa wow. I don't like the government a bit, but this was a quite minor criminal act. I do not find it egregious, however I would like to see his honor (haahaaaaaa) thumped with penalties about 50% greater than a civilian would face in an identical situation.

      • 2XLPatriot

        West Virginia law makes battery on a health care provider a felony. Been that way for about 8 years now.

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  • MoMoney

    Typical liberal elitist trial lawyer. Just had to know he is a loyal state Democrat.

  • mauldawg

    There will no charges filed. Somehow the nurse will lose her job. Judges take care of each other. The Judge will somehow figure out how to file a lawsuit against the hospital an the nurse. Will settle out of court and the nurse will never get a job in WV.