This is the sixth editorial giving a list of happenings around West Virginia involving illegal, immoral, and ethically wrong activities by elected officials, law enforcement and public employees. We’ve been collecting these for about a year and a half. It infuriates us that they continue happening, but it is more than satisfactory that what we list are court-related which means the bad guys (and girls) are getting caught.
A Kanawha County magistrate faces ethics charges stemming from his denial of a domestic violence petition against the county’s prosecutor. The Judicial Investigation Commission alleges that the magistrate violated several canons of the judicial code of conduct, including upholding the judiciary’s integrity and independence. The commission also says the magistrate discussed the petition with police officers who weren’t involved in the case. The hearing board has recommended public censure and a fine.
Regarding the same case, a circuit judge disqualified the prosecutor and his staff from handling child abuse cases. Special prosecutors have been installed to handle child abuse cases in Kanawha County.
A former worker at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a female federal inmate. He faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
A state trooper linked in a federal investigation to a former Mingo County circuit judge’s scheme to wrongfully arrest a man has resigned. He had been on paid administrative leave since August pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
A Randolph County judge who acknowledged having an affair with a community corrections official was charged by the Judicial Investigation Commission with violating several canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
A retired Social Security administrative law judge accused of participating in a scheme to improperly award disability benefits is facing state disciplinary charges.
A grand jury indicted the mayor of Westover on a felony count of unlawful printing, possession or delivery of ballots and one misdemeanor count of circulating written materials advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate.