The civil lawsuits' remaining allegations mirror those from the federal indictment. The Woodruffs' version of events is as follows:
Thornsbury encouraged state trooper Brandon Moore to arrest Robert Woodruff without cause. He then put Jarrod Fletcher, then-director of homeland security and emergency management, at the head of a grand jury. Thornsbury's business partner, Fletcher helped the judge call the grand jury and pursue an indictment against Robert Woodruff.
Thornbsury also told Jeff Cline, a private citizen, to plant a metal box filled with illegal drugs under Woodruff's car. Cline initially agreed, but then backed out of the plan.
These two attempts failed. Thornsbury then tried to work with other officials in early 2012 to put Woodruff in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Woodruff was alleged to have gotten into a fight with two other men. Although a police report and video evidence show Woodruff acted in self-defense, Gilbert Police officer Nathan Glanden obtained an arrest warrant for him.
Thornsbury then told Cline to tell Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks to pursue a six-month stint in jail for Woodruff. Sparks eventually dropped the case, citing lack of evidence.
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After the allegations came to light, Moore and Cline received immunity and Fletcher received a proffer agreement - assuring some protection against prosecution - from Goodwin, according to federal filings.
Calling the men "song birds," Neely said the three agreed to testify against Thornsbury to avoid prosecution.
"No one has punished them. And this lawsuit is the one opportunity that the citizens of this state have to punish those people," Neely said. "Because they cut a deal and walked out after utterly reprehensible conduct scot-free!"
Both lawsuits also list State Police Col. Jay Smithers and state Supreme Court Administrator Steve Canterbury as defendants. Smithers is Moore's superior and the high court oversees circuit judges. The city of Gilbert and the Mingo County Commission are also named.
Thornsbury is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to federal charges in an unrelated case. In exchange, prosecutors will drop charges involving the Woodruffs.
That won't affect the civil proceedings, Callaghan said. There is still enough evidence to prove wrongdoing by the judge and others in civil court, he said. He also expects Thornsbury to admit some guilt in the Woodruffs' case.
Callaghan and Neely said they are ready for trial, but willing to negotiate a settlement.
Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman, declined to comment on an open lawsuit. He said Moore is still on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
A Supreme Court spokeswoman declined comment.