Ethics Complaint Filed Against Magistrate

An ethics complaint has been filed against Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger. A Supreme Court spokesperson confirmed yesterday that the complaint was filed in connection with an investigation into Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants over child abuse allegations made by Plants' ex-wife. There is a police investigation underway after Allison Plants said Mark Plants had disciplined their son "in an excessive manner." A final hearing on a protective order in effect has been set for 9:30 a.m. March 21 at the Cabell County Courthouse. The Charleston Gazette reports all seven Kanawha circuit judges have recused themselves.