A lawyer representing a couple allegedly wronged by Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and other officials says the husband and wife are ready to file a slew of civil lawsuits.
Attorney Mike Callaghan said he sent notices to several different public agencies letting them know he planned to file lawsuits on behalf of Robert and Kim Woodruff. State law requires anyone planning to sue a state agency to give notice 30 days before filing.
"I'm going to file day 31," Callaghan said Tuesday.
Robert and Kim Woodruff are the victims in an alleged wide-ranging corruption scheme recently detailed in an indictment from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
The indictment alleges from 2008 to 2012, Thornsbury repeatedly tried to frame Robert Woodruff because Kim Woodruff decided to end a romantic relationship with the judge. The indictment doesn't identify the Woodruffs - it only refers to them with initials - but Callaghan did.
In early 2008, Kim Woodruff worked as a secretary for Thornsbury and engaged in a romantic relationship with him, according to the indictment. She eventually called off the relationship.
Thornsbury then allegedly recruited several officials in his attempts to frame Robert Woodruff.
The indictment states Thornsbury tried to plant drugs in Robert Woodruff's car. Later, Thornsbury allegedly convinced West Virginia State Police Trooper Brandon Moore to arrest Robert Woodruff on larceny charges. Both Thornsbury and Moore knew the charges were false, according to the indictment.
Then-magistrate Eugene Crum - who was killed as sheriff in May this year - issued an arrest warrant for Robert Woodruff, the indictment states. Eventually, after Thornsbury was disqualified from hearing the case and a special prosecutor was appointed, Crum dismissed it.
The indictment states the judge also allegedly tampered with a grand jury with the hopes of bringing a false indictment on Robert Woodruff.
In a separate incident, the judge reportedly tried to convict Robert Woodruff on a false assault and battery charge. The indictment states Gilbert city Police Officer Nathan Glanden received an arrest warrant for Robert Woodruff although a police report said Woodruff was not the aggressor in the situation.
Callaghan said he plans to sue almost everyone involved. He said he sent notices to the state Supreme Court, the Mingo County Commission, State Police and the city of Gilbert.
The Supreme Court is technically Thornsbury's employer. Jarrod Fletcher, the foreman of the jury who allegedly helped Thornsbury's attempted corruption, served as the county's director of Emergency Services and Homeland Security until he was suspended indefinitely last week.