CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Judicial Hearing Board is recommending the state Supreme Court censure Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger for the way he handled a domestic violence petition that came from the ex-wife of Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants.

Magistrate Ward Harshbarger admitted to the hearing panel during a hearing Monday that he mishandled the petition and he was sorry. Harshbarger didn’t follow proper procedure and he talked about the confidential petition with someone else.

The hearing board is also recommending Harshbarger be fined $2,000.

Allison Plants eventually got the protective order from a Kanawha County Family Court judge.

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  • Jason Nida

    Mr. Harshbarger has also failed to produce his oath of office on many occasions when asked. Unfortunately for Harshbarger, this has been captured on film several times. When any government official is asked to produce his or her oath of office, they do not have any choice but to do it. Any official without an oath of office is impersonating the post, no matter how many years they have been doing it. In times past, this was treason. I am sure that treason is no longer understood by most of the governing body, but soon that will change. People like Harshbarger will wish they had chosen another profession when we the People start prosecuting them. Good luck'll need it.

  • DWL

    Starting to sound like Mingo County has spilled over the banks and infected the Kanawha valley water supply.

    • oh really

      Just remember, if you are in Kanawha county and need protection, don't bother to go through the proper channels. Especially if it would be uncomfortable to someone who is powerful.

  • Pickle Barrel

    He needs to be removed from his position as magistrate.