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Kanawha Commissioner Dave Hardy Renews Call For Plants' Resignation

Reported by: Send eMail Taisha Walker
Reported: Jul. 8, 2014 12:57 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 8, 2014 1:08 PM EDT
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Plants' Resignation Sought
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A Kanawha County commissioner is once again calling for the resignation of County Prosecutor Mark Plants.

County Commissioner Dave Hardy, said the so-called "Plants Defense" is causing a mockery of the judicial system. The "Plants Defense" is a coined term being used by defendants who have been charged with the same exact crime as the prosecuting attorney. Hardy said the defendants go to court and ask for the same deal Plants received. In other words, they want a bond and a battered intervention program.

Hardy said the spike in the number of people asking for the "Plants Defense" along with the $250,000 financial mess taxpayers are footing are the reasons why Plants should step down.

At a special meeting Tuesday morning, Hardy called the Plants situation a financial burden on the county. Taxpayers are shelling out $30,000 a month to pay the special prosecutor Don Morris. Morris was put in the position to handle the child abuse and neglect cases the prosecuting attorney's office can no longer handle because Plants was charged with domestic battery and violating a domestic violence protective order.

Hardy said the prosecuting attorney's stubbornness to stay in office is costing taxpayers unnecessary money.

"The situation that his alleged misconduct has left us in is costing the taxpayers a pretty penny," Hardy said. "He needs to resign. He's the only person who can cleanse the conflict and remove the conflict and we can do that very, very quickly with a resignation."

The commission motioned for an additional $30,000 to be taken out of the drug forfeiture account at Tuesday's meeting. The money will be used to pay the special prosecutor for another month.

The Kanawha County Commission plans to meet July 24 to continue discussing the situation in the prosecutor's office.



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