White declined to be interviewed and directed phone calls to Rumora, an employee at the Huttonsville prison said. Rumora has not returned repeated phone calls from the Gazette.
Although federal prosecutors in the alleged scheme didn't mention his name, the State Bar's Office of Disciplinary Counsel is investigating Rumora. Rachael Cipoletti, chief attorney for the ODC, won't say for what.
In his motion to get White out of jail, Rumora cites the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision United States v. Gonzales-Lopez, which states that wrongly depriving a defendant of his attorney of choice means his conviction can be reversed.
Besides West, Rumora is the only other attorney who has represented White on the charges, according to employees in the Mingo clerk's office.
Baisden pleaded guilty to a separate federal charge last month and resigned as county commissioner. Crum was shot to death in his police cruiser in Williamson in April.
After Thornsbury was charged in August, state Supreme Court justices appointed John Cummings, a senior status judge from Cabell County and Thomas McHugh, a retired Supreme Court justice, to assist him. Cummings has said he would rule on a motion to reconsider White's sentence without a hearing, but has not ruled yet.
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