"The only reason Mr. Sparks was ever given for (White) discharging (West) as his lawyer was that (West) had attempted to convince Williamson Daily News reporter Rachel Dove Baldwin to interview (White) about Crum," the petition states.
"Mr. Sparks was told (West) attempted to arrange this interview without (White's) consent, which allegedly angered (White)."
Crum learned about West's attempts for an interview and, "visibly upset," asked Sparks to file an ethics complaint against West, Sparks states in the petition. Sparks did not because he didn't think West violated any part of the state code of conduct, according to the petition.
Sparks also states White didn't get off easy. He recommended White receive one to 15 years and a $1,000 fine after White pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and attempted delivery of a controlled substance, according to the petition. He was also required to forfeit $10,000 in cash, the petition states.
"The sentence imposed by Judge Thornsbury was consistent with the sentences imposed on similarly situated defendant," the petition states.
Sparks is also mentioned in the indictment levied against Thornsbury.
Thornsbury is accused of sidestepping due process in several attempts to frame the husband of a former flame. In the indictment, it states Sparks knew charges filed against the husband, Robert Woodruff, to be "improper" and he disqualified himself. Eventually the charges were dropped.
Sparks never reported Thornsbury to state officials, despite fears of an improper charge.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel began an investigation into Sparks after the indictment was released. Sparks said he suspected Thornsbury of wrongdoing but didn't have the proof he thought was necessary to formally file a complaint.
After federal investigators filed the information last week, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel asked the Supreme Court to immediately suspend Sparks' law license until it could complete its investigation.
Sparks immediately denied any wrongdoing, and accused Thornsbury of trying to throw him under the bus. In separate statements, interviews and social media posts he called the judge "vindictive" and a "womanizer." He also pointed to the accusations involving the Woodruffs, alluding to the idea that Thornsbury was trying to frame Sparks like he tried to frame Robert Woodruff.
Mike Callaghan, the Woodruffs' attorney, is working on setting up formal mediations with all of the people or agencies accused of hurting his clients. He said he's made an offer and has yet to hear back from anyone involved.
Sparks recently asked to be disqualified from the case against Tennis Melvin Maynard, the man accused of shooting Crum in April while the sheriff sat in his car in downtown Williamson.
Sparks said he's recently learned information that would make it impossible for him to do his job as the prosecutor. He told the Daily Mail last week some of the details in the federal information played a role in his decision to ask for a special prosecutor.