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Civl Lawsuit Filed By Victim Of Mingo County Corruption

Reported: Apr. 14, 2014 7:07 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 14, 2014 7:18 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - George White was arrested and eventually jailed on drug charges. But the case unraveled as former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury, former prosecutor Michael Sparks and former county commissioner David Baisden found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

White's attorney David Barney of Charleston, has filed a civil lawsuit naming those three, along with former Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel, The West Virginia Supreme Court, City of Williamson, Former Mingo County Flood Plain Administrator William Davis, Mingo County Sheriff's Department and Mingo County Commission as defendants.

White alleges he was the victim of scheme that put him behind bars. Thornsbury and Sparks have already admitted in federal court they worked to deny White his constitutional right to choose his own attorney.

White's conviction was eventually overturned and his case was dropped at the urging of a special prosecutor. Now he wants compensatory and punitive damages.

"The public trust, that was corrupted in this case," Barney said. "We have an individual whose rights were denied. Not only by the judge, the prosecutor, other political figures, and essentially he was set up, put in jail."

Barney says the lawsuit seeks restitution for White's nine months in jail, a $10,000 forfeiture, confiscation of his property and the loss of his sign business.



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