December trial set for lawsuit against ex-Mingo judge

CHARLESTON (AP) — A former secretary’s lawsuit against former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury is scheduled to go to trial in December.

Media outlets report that Judge Tod Kaufman set a Dec. 15 trial date during a hearing Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Kim Woodruff’s lawsuit alleges that Thornsbury sexually harassed her and wrongly fired her.

Thornsbury pleaded guilty last October to federal charges of conspiring to deprive a convicted drug dealer of his constitutional rights. He resigned from the bench and is scheduled to be sentenced April 21.

Kaufman said a deposition from Thornsbury in the civil case can wait until after he is sentenced. Thornsbury’s lawyers had requested the delay.

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