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Mingo Judge arrested on federal charges — report by Kate White, Charleston Gazette

Charleston Gazette
Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury was arrested Thursday after federal authorities allege he targeted his ex-lover’s husband, using his position on the bench to manipulate criminal charges against the man.

The indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Charleston charges Thornsbury with conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of his former secretary’s husband, identified in the indictment as R.W.

Prosecutors allege Thornsbury, the county’s only circuit judge, put his business partner in charge of a Mingo grand jury, plotted to plant drugs on R.W. and tried to get the man sent to jail.

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