To put Robert Woodruff in jail, federal prosecutors allege, Thornsbury put his business partner, Jarrod Fletcher, in charge of a Mingo County grand jury; tried to persuade a close friend, Jeff Cline, to plant drugs in Woodruff's truck; and had Moore and Glanden wrongfully arrest Woodruff.
Neither Kim Woodruff nor any of the people she's suing attended the hearing. Nine lawyers sat opposite Neely.
Thornsbury is being sued individually and in his official capacity -- essentially another way of suing the state. Moore and Glanden also are being sued both ways, as is Fletcher, who was Mingo County's director of homeland security as well as Thornsbury's business partner.
Both lawsuits also name Col. Jay Smithers, commander of the West Virginia State Police, and Steve Canterbury, administrator of the West Virginia Supreme Court, as defendants in their official capacities, but not as individuals.
Mingo County commissioners are being sued in their official capacity. Jeff Cline is being sued individually.
Others being sued have also filed motions to dismiss that have not been addressed yet.
On Friday, Glanden's employer, the city of Gilbert, was released from the lawsuit. The city stipulated Glanden was covered by the city's insurance policy, according to Neely.
"Gilbert offered to stipulate they have an insurance policy that covers Glanden for all of his evil acts," Neely said after the hearing.
Victor Flanagan, Moore's attorney, argued that claims against his client made by Kimberly Woodruff wouldn't stand.
"There's no nexus between the actions alleged against Trooper Moore that relate to [Kimberly] Woodruff," Flanagan said. Neely told the judge, however, that Moore was an "integral part of the scheme."
Billie Jo Streyle, Glanden's attorney, told the judge that her client was following orders from Thornsbury when he arrested Woodruff. Neely answered that if Glanden would have investigated the case, he would have known Woodruff shouldn't have been charged.
Kaufman called attorneys to the bench and told them to have proposed orders to him in about a week, Neely said after the hearing.
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