Kanawha County commissioners vote to petition for prosecutor's removal from office

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Kanawha County commissioners have agreed to begin removal proceedings against Prosecutor Mark Plants.

Media outlets report the commission voted Thursday to file a petition, citing the costs of paying a special prosecutor to handle certain cases in his place. Once filed, the state Supreme Court would appoint a panel to rule on it.

Plants and his office are barred from handling cases involving crimes of violence by a parent or guardian, abuse and neglect cases, and violations of domestic violence protection orders.

Plants was charged with domestic battery for allegedly hitting one of his sons several times with a belt and for violating an order not to have contact with his children or ex-wife.

Under a recent agreement, the charges may be dismissed if he completes a batterers intervention program.

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