Civil lawsuits in W.Va. corruption case on hold

September 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The attorney for a southern West Virginia couple allegedly harassed for years by a judge trying to frame the husband for false crimes has temporarily delayed plans to file civil lawsuits.

Federal prosecutors say Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury had an affair with his secretary and tried to frame her husband for various crimes between 2008 and 2012.

He’s accused of enlisting the help of a state trooper and commandeering the grand jury in the scheme.

Thornsbury has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial Oct. 15.

Last month, Charleston attorney Mike Callaghan notified the state Supreme Court, the County Commission, State Police and the city of Gilbert of intent to sue.

On Wednesday, he said insurance company attorneys wanted to discuss the potential for a settlement, and he’s agreed.