- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has declined to suspend the law license of Kanawha County’s prosecutor after he was charged in a domestic case.

The justices ruled Wednesday the temporary suspension of Mark Plants’ license pending the resolution of disciplinary proceedings wasn’t necessary. The state Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel had sought the suspension.

Last week, Plants’ lawyer and prosecutors agreed to have misdemeanor charges against him dismissed in a year if he completes a pre-trial diversion program.

Plants is charged with domestic battery and violating a protective order to stay away from his ex-wife and their children. Prosecutors say he hit one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt Feb. 22.

In April, a special prosecutor was appointed to hear child abuse cases in Kanawha County.

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