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Jones Doesn't Want Plants Or His Office To Hear Any Charleston Domestic Violence Cases Involving Parents, Minor Children

Reported: Apr. 14, 2014 10:46 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 14, 2014 12:57 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said the city plans to 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.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said two domestic violence cases were continued Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court in the wake of a filing by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that maintains Prosecutor Mark Plants and his office should be removed from prosecuting allegations of domestic violence involving parents and minor children.

Carper said he expects the state Supreme Court to rule on the matter soon.

Carper's comments come on the same day that Plants held a news conference saying that he does not believe there is a conflict of interest in his office handling such cases. The Kanawha prosecutor has been charged with the domestic battery of his 11-year-old son after he admitted striking the boy several times with a belt. Plants also is charged with violating a domestic violence protection order.

Plants said he does not plan to resign and that he is innocent until proven guilty.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) – Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants said Monday that he has no intention of resigning from office in the wake of a domestic violence case against him and maintained there is no conflict of interest in his office prosecuting such cases.

Plants held a news conference in response to a the Office of Disciplinary Counsel filing last week with the state Supreme Court. The filing claims Plants should immediately be suspended or his entire office should be removed from prosecuting allegations of domestic violence involving parents and minor children.

"Kanawha County is a safer place because I'm the elected prosecutor," Plants said.

The filing claimed that Plants has violated the West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct. The Kanawha prosecutor has been charged with the domestic battery of his 11-year-old son after he admitted striking the boy several times with a belt. Plants also is charged with violating a domestic violence protection order.

But Plants on Monday said he sees no conflict of interest and that if spanking were a crime "75 percent of people would be in jail."

The prosecutor started his news conference by saying that it has been seven weeks and he has had little contact with his children.

"Asking for the same rights anyone else has," Plants said. "I'm innocent until proven guilty."



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