CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks could have his law license suspended Friday, after prosecutors said he was part of a conspiracy to shut down a federal investigation into the Mingo County sheriff.
The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a petition Thursday afternoon asking the state Supreme Court to immediately suspend Sparks' license.
The petition, filed by chief ODC attorney Rachael Cipoletti, states that Sparks poses "a substantial threat of irreparable harm; he is unable and/or unwilling to represent the interests of the citizens of Mingo County."
Supreme Court justices met Thursday evening about whether to suspend Sparks, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy.
"An order is anticipated Friday," she said.
According to Thursday's filing, Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, Sparks, Mingo Sheriff Eugene Crum and Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden conspired to interrupt a federal investigation into Crum, and cover up allegations that Crum illegally received prescription painkillers from a convicted drug dealer.
Crum was killed as he sat in his cruiser in downtown Williamson on April 3. Sparks said earlier this week that he would step away from the trial of Crum's alleged killer, Tennis Maynard.
Sparks could not be reached by the Gazette on Thursday. In an interview with the Williamson Daily News, he denied playing any role in the alleged conspiracy and said Thornsbury had wrongly implicated him.