Commission Votes to File Petition to Remove Kanawha Prosecutor From Office

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Commissioners have voted to file a petition to remove embattled Prosecutor Mark Plants from office.

The vote Thursday came after Commissioners discussed the nearly $93,000 that has been spent to cover the costs of special prosecutors while Plants handles his personal legal troubles.

Plants is currently facing two misdemeanor charges. One involves domestic battery against his son, and one involves the violation of a domestic violence protection order involving his ex-wife and children.

Plants is currently involved in a program that, if completed according to the guidelines, the charges against him have the potential to be dropped.

The program is 32 weeks long and it started the week of July 21st.

Commissioners say at the end of the program the total potential cost of for special prosecutors would be about $330,000. This is in addition the salary Mark Plants is already collecting.

Commissioners hope to have the petition drawn-up by the next Commission meeting. From there, it will be submitted to the Supreme Court. The Court will appoint a three person panel to review the case. In past cases where a petition has been filed a decision has come in 60-90 days.

WSAZ.com is working to reach out to Prosecutor Mark Plants. As soon as we hear back we will post it here on WSAZ.com.


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