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Bills Coming In From Flap Over Plants Case

Reported: May. 23, 2014 4:58 PM EDT
Updated: May. 23, 2014 6:42 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kallie Cart) -- The costs to taxpayers are starting to come home in the flap over Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants' domestic violence charges.

Bills from the special prosecution team, appointed to deal with domestic cases involving children, are coming in to the county commission.

Top special prosecutor Don Morris has billed almost 119 hours at $200 an hour. County commissioners are wondering if the resolution of Plants' criminal charges through a pre-trial diversion has resolved the conflict preventing his office from handling domestic cases.

Judge Duke Bloom said he can't comment on a pending case. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said he blames Plants “self-inflicted” conduct, and not the courts, but he said it's getting expensive.

“The meter to date - the taxpayers to date, have been stuck with at least $30,000 for the two special prosecutors,” Carper said. “I would anticipate another $10,000 that's in the pipe lines, so to speak. I would say about $40,000 was wasted so far. "

Carper is hoping that a ruling from the Supreme Court on Plants' future before the current term ends could clarify things. While Bloom ordered a special prosecutor, the commission negotiated the rate of pay, and now they're paying it.



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