- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A three-judge panel has ordered Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants’ removal from office.

The judges ruled that Plants neglected his office’s duties and committed malfeasance in office. The order says Plants has been disqualified from performing a significant portion of the work he was elected to perform.

Media outlets report that the judges issued their order on Tuesday and then suspended it for 30 days.

Plants tells WSAZ-TV (https://bit.ly/1w6TlEE) that he needs time to read the order before deciding whether to appeal.

The ruling came in a petition filed by the Kanawha County Commission seeking Plants’ removal.

Plants faces charges of domestic battery involving his son and violating a domestic-violence protection order. A Kanawha County judge disqualified Plants and his staff from handling such cases in April after he was charged.

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Information from: WSAZ-TV, https://www.wsaz.com

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