Sparks paints negative picture of suspended judge

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

September 22, 2013

WILLIAMSON - After the Federal Information Order naming him as being involved in a conspiracy scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum during which the constitutional rights of convicted drug dealer George White are said to have been violated, Mingo County Prosecutor C. Michael Sparks has released the following statement in his defense via Facebook.

“I was shocked by the unfounded accusations against me in United States of America v. Michael Thornsbury (Information 2:13-CR-00239). I specifically deny the allegations in paragraphs 9-18,” stated Sparks.

“Thornsbury is a sinister, vindictive womanizer that abused the powers of his judgeship in multiple attempts to falsely incriminate a romantic rival. There is evidence that Thornsbury has engaged in other criminal and unethical activity. I expected to be a target of false incrimination and vengeance since I substantially assisted the federal investigation of Thornsbury.”

“White is a convicted drug dealer currently incarcerated at Southwestern Regional Jail on a sentence of up to 15 years for two (2) felony drug convictions. White also forfeited $10,000.00 in cash. The disposition of White’s charges was consistent with dispositions of prior similar cases during my tenure.”

“Although I have not been charged with any crime, I look forward to aggressively defending my integrity and refuting these unfounded accusations,” the prosecutor said in conclusion.