New Mingo Circuit Judge Starts Work in the Dark

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

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Miki Thompson was sworn in as the new Circuit Judge in Mingo County Wednesday morning, despite the fact there was no power in the courthouse.

“We stood beside a window in a jury room,” she said. Senior Status Judge John Cummings delivered the oath of office.

Judge Cummings has been handling the circuit court docket with Senior Status Justice Thomas McHugh since August 16, 2013, when former Judge Michael Thornsbury was indicted.

They continued their work after Judge Thornsbury resigned and pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Judge Thompson as Circuit Judge for the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit (Mingo County) after she won the primary election for the seat in May. She had been serving as the Family Court Judge in the Eighth Family Court Circuit (Mingo County) since 2009.

Cummings will deliver the oath of office at Thompson’s public (ceremonial) swearing-in at noon on July 10 in the main courtroom of the Mingo County Courthouse.

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