Mingo County, West Virginia Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, 57, was charged this week with federal conspiracy charges, in allegations he plotted to frame his secretary's husband for various crimes. The federal indictment against Thornsbury was released yesterday.
CNN reports that according to the indictment, Thornsbury had
engaged in intimate physical contact
with his secretary, and had asked her to leave her husband back in 2008, but the secretary refused to. The secretary and her husband were only given initials in the indictment: K.W. and R.W.
The conspiracy against the husband involved several incidences. In 2008, Thornsbury allegedly tried to have a friend plant illegal drugs under the husband's pickup truck; he also tried to issue an arrest warrant for the husband, for stealing and trying to sell mine scraps from the coal company where he worked. More recently in 2012, Thornsbury allegedly tried to get the husband arrested after a family argument; even though video showed him innocent. All these charges against the husband were eventually dismissed.
Family lawyer, Michael Callahan, called Judge Michael Thornsbury’s action a
terrible abuse of a public office
The truth will be told and I will be acquitted...cause I'm not guilty.
Judge Michael Thornsbury has served as Mingo County's circuit judge since 1997. The Supreme Court of Appeals has suspended Thornsbury’s law license, and dismissed him from his judicial duties without pay.