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Mingo prosecutor denies role in 2nd conspiracy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks is denying allegations of wrongdoing a second time as he fights to keep his law license.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel wants the state Supreme Court to suspend his license for what it calls "egregious misconduct" linked to suspended Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and other county officials.

Sparks denied knowing about an alleged scheme Thornsbury had to frame a romantic rival for false crimes.

On Monday, Sparks denied being part of a separate scheme that federal prosecutors say was designed to protect the reputation of a former sheriff who had bought drugs from a local sign maker.

Sparks has not been charged with any crime and says he had no role in that scheme, either.

He wants the motion to suspend his license dismissed.

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