Kanawha County Magistrate Is Fined Over Petition

The West Virginia Supreme Court has approved a fine against a Kanawha County magistrate. Wade Harshbarger admitted to mishandling a domestic violence petition, and sanctions were recommended by the Judicial Investigation Commission. In additions to public censure, Harshbarger faces a $2,000 fine and costs of $3,790 for the investigation. The Charleston Gazette says the judicial investigation commission had accused Harshbarger of not following proper procedures and not giving it a full and fair review, and discussing the petition with police officers who weren't involved in the case. Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants' ex-wife, Allison Plants, petitioned for a domestic violence protective order against him on Feb. 26.