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W.Va. judge, county official to be arraigned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Mingo County judge and a county commissioner under federal indictment are set to appear in court in Charleston.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury and Commissioner Dave Baisden will be arraigned Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Last week a federal grand jury charged Thornsbury with two conspiracy counts.

He's accused of having an affair with his secretary and trying to frame her husband for several crimes, including drug possession, larceny and assault.

Baisden was charged with extortion in an unrelated federal case. He's accused of pulling a local dealer's county contract when he refused to provide Baisden with discounted tires.

Thornsbury was suspended by the state Supreme Court without pay following his indictment. The court also suspended his law license. Both men remain free on bond.


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