Kim Woodruff also is suing Thornsbury, but she filed her lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court. She claims the former judge sexually harassed her, wrongly fired her and intentionally inflicted emotional distress. Thornsbury has not responded to that lawsuit.
In both lawsuits, 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 State Police, and Steve Canterbury, administrator of the West Virginia Supreme Court, as defendants in their official capacities, but not as individuals.
The city of Gilbert and members of the Mingo County Commission are being sued in their official capacity. Jeff Cline is being sued individually.
Responses from Fletcher and the commission are due by Monday. Canterbury's is due Wednesday and Cline's is due by Nov. 4.
Smithers has said claims against him should be dismissed because the Woodruffs haven't stated any viable claims for relief against him.
Moore claims he is immune from being sued because he is a State Police trooper. He also argues that the statute of limitations to file a claim against him has expired, because the accusations involve events that occurred in 2008 and 2009. He is on paid administrative leave.
Also Friday, the Supreme Court accepted Thornsbury's voluntary annulment of his law license. As part of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Thornsbury agreed to resign as judge, consent to disbarment and not reapply for his law license for at least five years.
He also is barred from ever again holding public office.
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