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3 Judges Deciding Mayor's Fate

Reported: Apr. 24, 2014 5:37 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 24, 2014 5:51 PM EDT
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Charleston, W.Va (Bob Aaron)-A three-judge panel heard a petition by a group of Pratt residents seeking the removal of the town's mayor. Fayette County Circuit Judge John Hatcher, Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson and Marion County Circuit Judge Michael Aloi will decide what to do after reviewing the transcript of today's hearing in Charleston. They were appointed by West Virginia Supreme Court. The petition seeking Mayor Gary Fields' removal was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Fields decided to testify and admitted using a town-owned ex-police car for personal business He pleaded guilty in February to illegally possessing prescription drugs. He will be on probation for sixth months. If he's not arrested for another six months after that, he can ask to have the conviction removed from his record. It's not clear if the judges will consider that because the petitioners did not present any witness who could testify about his arrest.



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