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WVA CORRUPTION CHARGES
W.Va. Supreme Court revokes law license of ex-Mingo prosecutor who resigned this week
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, October 11, 2013 4:44 PM EDT
The West Virginia Supreme Court has nullified the law license of a Mingo County prosecutor who resigned amid continuing corruption scandals.
Sparks resigned Wednesday, the same day the U.S. Attorney's Office charged him with conspiracy. His lawyer announced at the time he would agree to surrender his law license.
He said Sparks regrets his mistakes.
Sparks is accused in a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs from a campaign sign-maker.
Prosecutors allege Sparks, a former county commissioner and former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury offered a lighter sentence if the dealer fired his lawyer and hired one they preferred.