If an elected prosecutor is removed from a case, his entire office is as well and a special prosecutor, from another county, is assigned.
Also Wednesday, the Supreme Court suspended Bramble's law license.
Bramble had worked in the Workers' Compensation Division of the state Attorney General's Office, but had turned in a letter of resignation days before the standoff with police. Before that, he worked at the Charleston firm Kesner, Kesner and Bramble.
Only Kanawha Circuit Judges Carrie Webster and Duke Bloom didn't recuse themselves from Bramble's case. Webster has been assigned the case and will hold a hearing Friday on the bond and recusal motions.
Bramble's attorney wrote in the motion for recusal that Plants not only has "professional pressure to convict, he has a personal stake in keeping his neighborhood safe by keeping [Bramble] out of his neighborhood. Of course, if [Bramble], makes bond he could potentially move back into his house located in the prosecutor's neighborhood."
The motion continues, pointing out Plants' "tough-on-crime attitude" shown by sending an assistant prosecutor to Bramble's arraignment to move for "an unreasonable" bond.
"In this situation the prosecutor's office must believe that the defendant should not receive any mental health evaluation, observation or treatment. Instead, the prosecutor would have this Honorable Court believe that justice is served by [Bramble] going and sitting at the South Central Regional Jail where he cannot receive any mental health care," the motion asking for Plants' recusal states.
Bramble's attorney has said his client is suffering from mental-health issues and should be at a mental-health institution instead of in a jail.
Assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach filed the motion to have the bail amount reconsidered. In the motion, Giggenbach said Bramble pointed a rifle at his wife before she was able to escape from the couple's home on the day of the standoff and said there were three children in the house across the street when he opened fire.
In the motion, Giggenbach said Bramble fired 48 rounds from several guns. Bramble's wife told police that he had been agitated for several days before the standoff and was hallucinating before he started shooting Aug. 12. Police said the standoff ended when Bramble shot himself in the head.
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