Michael Thornsbury

Judge Michael Thornsbury
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  A former Mingo County judge who pleaded guilty to a corruption charge is appealing his 50-month prison sentence.

The Williamson Daily News reports that Michael Thornsbury's attorney has filed a notice of appeal with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights. Prosecutors said Thornsbury participated in a scheme to protect the late Sheriff Eugene Crum from accusations that the sheriff bought prescription painkillers from White.

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Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks' sentencing on corruption charges has been rescheduled again.

Sparks was slated to be sentenced June 16 in federal court in Charleston. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas E. Johnston on Monday rescheduled the proceeding for July 7.

Court records show Sparks originally was set to be sentenced Feb. 24. His sentencing was reset three times prior to Johnston's latest order.

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Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks' sentencing in a federal corruption case has been rescheduled a third time.

Court records show Sparks originally was set to be sentenced Feb. 24. The sentencing was pushed back to March 5 and then reset for Thursday.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston rescheduled Sparks' sentencing again. He's now scheduled to be sentenced June 16 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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A figure in the federal Mingo County corruption probe is suing several former county officials and others.     

George White's lawsuit claims the defendants violated his constitutional rights and damaged his reputation.

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A judge has dismissed drug charges against a central figure in a federal corruption investigation in Mingo County.
 

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  The U.S. Attorney for Southern West Virginia is again charging Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury with conspiring to deprive a resident of his constitutional rights.

Here is the news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                          Sept. 19, 2013                   

GOODWIN CHARGES MINGO JUDGE IN SECOND CONSPIRACY