WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — A ceremonial swearing in was held Thursday in the main courtroom of the Mingo County Courthouse in Williamson so the new Thirtieth Judicial Circuit Court Judge could get to work.

Judge Miki Thompson will take over the position after Judge Michael Thornsbury resigned and pleaded guilty to federal charges related to abusing the powers granted to his position.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Judge Thompson to the bench after she won the primary for the seat in May. She had been serving as the Family Court Judge in the Eighth Family Court Circuit in Mingo County since 2009. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she began her career as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Mingo County in 1992. She also was the solo practitioner of Thompson Law Office until 2008. She was awarded the Williamson Daily News “Best of the Best” Attorney award 2005-2008.

Senior Status Judge John Cummings had been handling the circuit court docket with Senior Status Justice Thomas McHugh since August 16, 2013, when Thornsbury was indicted. Judge Cummings and Justice McHugh continued their work after Thornsbury resigned.

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  • Randy

    Sorry. This girl.

  • Randy

    Do you swear to take no bribes over $500 and accept no more than 8% of votes at election time from those with no pulse? Yes? Well welcome aboard judge. Mingo looks forward to doing business with you. (This is not an accusation against this guy, just an observation about Mingo.)

  • arp

    Not an Earl Ray fan, but you're off base here. His brother was under federal jurisdiction, I do believe. WV governor does not appoint federal judges.

  • navin johnson

    this is how the guv's brother got a sweetheart backroom deal.
    the guv appoints the judges to their honorable throne and seat of power.
    everyone knows how the process and circle of life functions-
    let the paybacks begin.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Did they fit her for her orange jumpsuit?

  • Jonus Grumby

    How long before she gets sucked into the vortex of corruption of Mingo County?