"I appreciate that, but we're going to continue," Johnston said after Thornsbury listed several things about sentencing guidelines that he said he understood without being asked.
The judge eventually told Thornsbury, "I will ask you to wait and let me finish my question before you respond."
Goodwin said after the hearing that judges are expected to abide by the highest standards of integrity.
"For a judge to violate someone's constitutional rights is really beyond the pale," Goodwin said, "but to violate someone's rights in order to obstruct a federal investigation -- that's really unthinkable. . . . Justice will be served."
Rosie Crum, the widow of the late Mingo sheriff, and her attorney, Tim Koontz, were in the courtroom Wednesday with Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants and two of his assistants. Plants' office is prosecuting Tennis Maynard, who is charged with shooting Eugene Crum to death. Plants was assigned to handle the case when Mingo prosecutor Sparks recused himself from the case.
Crum told the Gazette after her husband was implicated in the charges against Thornsbury that the ex-judge and others are trying to deflect guilt from themselves onto a dead man who can't speak for himself.
Crum and her lawyer met with federal prosecutors after Thornsbury's hearing on Wednesday. Goodwin said they asked for the meeting.
Baisden pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge Tuesday. He will be sentenced Jan. 14 for demanding that Appalachian Tire sell him tires at a rate only available for government vehicles. He must step down before his sentencing, according to a plea agreement.
Sparks faces a hearing on Oct. 16 before the West Virginia Supreme Court on whether his law license will be suspended or not.
In the charge to be dropped as a result of Thornsbury's plea deal, prosecutors say the ex-judge put his business partner in charge of a county grand jury as foreman, plotted to plant drugs on Robert Woodruff and tried to get him sent to jail after Kim Woodruff, the judge's secretary at the time, broke off an affair with him.
The Woodruffs filed lawsuits earlier this week against Thornsbury and others, based on those allegations.
In another case, private investigator Don Stevens has filed notice that he intends to sue Thornsbury and others for allegedly cooking up charges against him because they believed he was investigating Thornsbury.
As he has before, Goodwin said Wednesday the investigation into Mingo County corruption continues.
"I fully anticipate there will be further developments," he said outside the courthouse.
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