Democrat, Mingo County Judge Thornsbury to be Disbarred

Williamson, W.Va. – Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury consented to disbarment in a letter to the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel and submitted a one-line resignation letter to state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin ahead of a hearing in which he was expected to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge.

The letter, which was delivered to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, read only, “Please accept this letter as my resignation as Judge of the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit in Mingo County, West Virginia.”

Thornsbury, 57, pleaded guilty of participating in a scheme to protect the reputation of the late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.



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