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W.Va. court revokes ex-prosecutor's law license


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court has nullified the law license of a Mingo County prosecutor who resigned amid continuing corruption scandals.

The court announced late Friday that Michael Sparks had dropped plans to fight the license suspension that the Office of Disciplinary Counsel had been demanding.

Sparks resigned Wednesday, the same day the U.S. Attorney's Office charged him with conspiracy. His lawyer announced at the time he would agree to surrender his law license.

He said Sparks regrets his mistakes.

Sparks is accused in a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs from a campaign sign-maker.

Prosecutors allege Sparks, a former county commissioner and former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury offered a lighter sentence if the dealer fired his lawyer and hired one they preferred.

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