Kanawha prosecutor unable to assist Mingo probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Kanawha County prosecutor's office can't assist a secretary of state investigation into allegations of election law violations in Mingo County because of a conflict of interest.

Philip Morrison, executive director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, says that instead, the Raleigh County prosecutor has agreed to work on the case.

West Virginia election officials are looking into whether several 2012 candidates illegally contributed money to a committee formed to elect Democrats in Mingo County.

Morrison told the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/14pqU9T) that people within the Kanawha County prosecutor's office have worked closely with many people in the Legislature on potential legislation.

The Mingo County Circuit Court still needs to officially approve the pick before any special prosecutor can work on the case.

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