Della Cline-Gentile, who has practiced as an attorney in Williamson for 20 years, said she's dealt with corruption for decades.
"I'm optimistic that the rest of it will be cleaned up," Cline-Gentile said. "That's really all you can do as an attorney is hope for the best, because it's been so bad."
Cline-Gentile said it has been difficult to practice law in Williamson because she wasn't in Thornsbury's favor.
"The judge directed cases to his friends," Cline-Gentile said. "If you were not in his circle, then you wouldn't get work."
Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden also has been indicted, for allegedly demanding that Appalachian Tire sell him tires at a rate only available for government vehicles. Baisden is expected to plead guilty, and County Commissioner Greg "Hootie" Smith said Thursday that Baisden must resign as part of his plea deal.
Baisden was mentioned in the alleged conspiracy that offered to give George White a light sentence if he would stop talking to federal investigators about Crum. Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks took part in that conspiracy, federal prosecutors allege.
The Supreme Court has been asked to suspend Sparks' law license until the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel concludes an investigation. Sparks said Friday that he never engaged in any misconduct, and never had enough information to report misconduct by other public officials.
Thornsbury's indictment last month alleged that he put his business partner, Jarrod Fletcher -- who was Mingo County's director of homeland security -- in charge of a county grand jury as part of his scheme to put Robert Woodruff in jail.
Fletcher was suspended without pay last month. He has not been charged.
The allegations of corruption make for a depressing situation, said Charles "Butch" West, an attorney and lifelong Mingo County resident.
"Nobody likes what's going on, everybody's world has been turned upside down in the last couple of weeks, but this is something that had to happen," said West, who was appointed Williamson mayor in 2001, when Estil "Breezy" Bevins fell ill. West served until 2003.
West was George White's first attorney -- whom Thornsbury, Crum, Baisden and Sparks allegedly wanted off the case in favor of former county prosecutor Ronald Rumora. The charge against Thornsbury claims that, once West was removed as White's attorney, White gave a statement that he never gave prescription pills to Crum.
"People here have been long-deceived," West said, "but once we get restored to some normalcy, I believe we can recover."
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