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Special Prosecutor Files Motion Asking Hours Not Be Cut

Reported: Jun. 2, 2014 6:03 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 2, 2014 6:52 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kallie Cart) -- A special prosecutor assigned to hear domestic violence cases fired back at Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants' office on Monday.

Don Morris filed a motion asking the judge not to cut back his hours, and said the prosecutor’s office has no authority to ask for such relief.

Morris was appointed as a special prosecutor after Plants was charged with domestic battery and violation of a domestic violence protective order.

Morris is being paid $200 an hour, a rate Plants' office called "grossly excessive" last week.

Chief of Staff Dan Holstein filed a motion asking the judge to allow an assistant prosecutor to work on those cases to save the county money.

Morris said the motion suggests a "potentially unethical or even illegal solution to a problem --for which he (Mark Plants) is responsible."

Morris is also asking the judge -- to stop plants' office from making public statements about him.



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