Ethics Charges Filed Against Kanawha County Magistrate

A county magistrate is facing ethics charges. A commission in charge of a judicial investigation claims Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger violated the code of conduct when he denied a domestic violence petition against County Prosecutor Mark Plants. The prosecutor's ex-wife Allison Plants brought the petition in late February, and Harshbarger refused to grant it without a full and fair review. The judicial review commission also says Harshbarger discussed the petition with police officers who weren't involved in the case.