"By his own admissions against his own interest, (Sparks) has admitted to his involvement and knowledge of the conspiracies as outlined in the Thornsbury Indictment and the Thornsbury Information to both the United States Attorney and the Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," a petition filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed with the Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon said.
The statement references a federal indictment and information -- similar to an indictment -- brought recently against Thornsbury.
Both accuse Thornsbury of misconduct, and the judge is expected to plead guilty to some of the accusations next week.
Sparks is mentioned in both documents. In the second set of accusations, Sparks is allegedly a co-conspirator with Thornsbury.
Sparks, who had previously denied any wrongdoing in multiple interviews with media outlets, did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed the petition with the high court to bolster its case for suspending Sparks' law license. In the petition, it states it received a sworn affidavit by FBI Special Agent Joe Ciccarelli from assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby.
The affidavit gives details on Sparks' knowledge of and involvement in the alleged wrongdoing.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel received the information from the U.S. Attorney after a federal judge filed a sealed order allowing the release of some grand jury information. The judge issued the order "on or about" Monday, according to the office's filing.
The filing states the information pertains to disciplinary matters against Sparks but does not mention the specific purpose of the grand jury.
Melvin Smith, spokesman for Goodwin's office, said the statements made by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel are accurate. He declined further comment.
Sparks has repeatedly denied any involvement in any illegal activity. Thursday morning his attorney, Lonnie Simmons, sent the Daily Mail a copy of Sparks' response to the office's petition.
It states Sparks and Simmons want more time to respond to the accusations about any sworn statements or federal charges.
Later Thursday, Simmons wasn't entirely clear as to whether Sparks admitted any guilt to federal investigators.
"It gets to be a little tricky, depending on how you answer that," Simmons said.
He said he was only representing Sparks in the case brought by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Simmons said he could not comment further on the petition against Sparks because it references information sealed by court order.
Rachel Fletcher Cipolletti, chief lawyer for the disciplinary counsel, said the petition speaks for itself. She declined further comment.
The high court gave the office until 9:30 a.m. Thursday to respond to two separate petitions filed by Sparks and Simmons claiming his innocence. In response to the latest filing, Simmons requested a few more days to prepare a more formal response before the Supreme Court proceeds.
Thursday afternoon the Supreme Court announced it had determined good cause existed to prove Sparks had violated the rules of professional conduct.
The Supreme Court scheduled an Oct. 16 hearing to discuss whether to suspended Sparks' law license. He's allowed to submit additional materials until Oct. 10.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel began investigating Sparks after Goodwin's office filed an indictment against Thornsbury in August.
Thornsbury is accused of repeatedly trying to frame the husband of a former lover. Federal investigators say Sparks suspected a charge encouraged by Thornsbury against the husband was "improper." He stepped aside from the case, but never reported his suspicions to anyone.
In mid-September, a new set of accusations involving Thornsbury and Sparks spurred the office to ask the high court for the immediate suspension of Sparks' law license.
In the new set of allegations, investigators say Thornsbury, Sparks and other elected officials worked together on a scheme to try and thwart an FBI investigation into the drug activity of the late Sheriff Eugene Crum.
Crum allegedly owed a man, George White, $3,000 for campaign signs. After becoming sheriff, Crum had an informant buy prescription pills from White and then had the man arrested.
After his arrest White and his attorney, Charles "Butch" West, met with the FBI, according to the information. White told investigators he'd illegally sold Crum prescription pills numerous times when Crum was a magistrate.
Crum reportedly found out, and went to Sparks and Thornsbury for help. Then, along with Mingo County Commissioner Dave Baisden and others, they told White's brother that if White switched attorneys, the judge would be more inclined to deliver a favorable sentence.
Baisden, facing his own federal indictment for attempting to extort the county tire provider, is expected to plead guilty next week.
White fired West -- a political rival of Sparks -- and hired Ronald Rumora, an attorney considered to be an ally of the judge and prosecutor. By hiring a new attorney, Crum and the others allegedly hoped Rumora would not encourage the client to continue working with the FBI.
After White hired Rumora, Sparks suggested and Thornsbury granted a lighter sentence for White, prosecutors say.
Sparks denies any wrongdoing in this case as well. He said he'd heard White switched attorneys after West tried to set up an interview with the local newspaper behind White's back. He also states the sentence is in line with other, similar cases.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel's petition levels other accusations against Sparks.
In the indictment, federal investigators show Thornsbury appointed Jarrod Fletcher, a friend and official, as a foreman to a grand jury. Law doesn't allow Fletcher to serve as foreman, but the grand jury still returned about 100 indictments, according to the office's filing.
After the indictment Sparks told WSAZ-TV he would review all of the indictments brought by the seemingly illegal grand jury, according to the petition.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel calls Sparks' refusal to report Thornsbury "deplorable." It also questioned Sparks' ability to adequately review those cases.
It also states West provided Sparks with a motion that described wrongdoing by Crum. West filed a sworn statement with the office professing he gave Sparks the information in the hopes it would help White, still his client at the time.
Sparks denies ever receiving the motion, and there is no court record the motion was filed.
West ran against Sparks for prosecutor and is actively seeking to replace the suspended Thornsbury, Simmons' petition states.
White agreed to a plea deal in his case. However, his attorney filed a motion for reconsideration earlier this year. The hearing for that motion was scheduled to take place today, but it was planned before any of the indictments were made public.
Sparks has not stepped down from that case, according to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.