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Lawyer board: Mingo prosecutor lied to high court

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The Office of Disciplinary Counsel says embattled Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks lied to the state Supreme Court when he said last week that he didn't know about alleged corruption by a now-suspended circuit judge.
The group's third complaint, filed late Wednesday, again demands suspension of Sparks' law license.
It says Sparks admitted to the FBI that he knew about crimes and misconduct that federal prosecutors say Judge Michael Thornsbury has committed.
In one case, federal prosecutors say Thornsbury tried to frame a romantic rival for false crimes.
He's expected to plead guilty next week in a second case that was aimed at protecting a former sheriff's reputation by putting a drug supplier in prison.
Sparks maintained his innocence Thursday in a response filed by his attorney, Lonnie Simmons.

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