W.Va. Prosecutor Fighting to Keep Law License

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks is fighting to keep his law license.

Sparks filed a response Friday to a petition to remove his license that was sought Thursday by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. The agency asked that Sparks' license be suspended after he was named in a corruption case against Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury.

In his response, Sparks denies any wrongdoing. He has not been charged with a crime.

The agency accused Sparks of engaging in a pattern of egregious misconduct. It says Sparks should have reported alleged illegal activity by the judge.

Sparks claims that while he suspected possible wrongdoing, filing a complaint against a judge without proof would be "professional and political suicide."

Thornsbury's attorneys have indicated he will plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges.

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