Judicial Hearing Board accepts Fouty agreement

The state Judicial Hearing Board has approved a settlement for a former Kanawha County magistrate Carol Fouty. Fouty has already resigned, but that was one of the stipluations of the agreement. She must also remove herself from this November's election and pay more than six thousand dollars to cover the costs of the investigation. As it accepted the agreement, the hearing board also asked Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants' office to investigate whether criminal laws were violated. The recommendations will now go before the state Supreme Court.