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Magistrate Suspended with No Pay

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SUTTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has voted to suspend, without pay, a Braxton County magistrate charged with conspiracy to retaliate against a state's witness.

On Monday -- the day the arrest warrant was issued for Magistrate Carolyn Cruickshanks -- Chief Justice Robin Davis suspended her with pay.

Since then the court received a report from the Judicial Investigation Commission and voted 3-to-1 today in favor of the suspension without pay.

According to the order, the court determined there is "cause to believe the respondent has engaged or is currently engaging in a serious violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct."

Cruickshanks allegedly helped her son retaliate against a man who testified against him in a drug case. State Police Corporal Chad Tierney says the two let the man's fellow inmates at Central Regional Jail know he was a snitch. The man was threatened and had to be moved to protective custody.

Tierney says the plan between Cruickshanks and her son was discussed in February phone conversations that were recorded by the jail.

Cruickshanks faces up to five years in jail if convicted.

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