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Prosecutor says raises for new wife werent favoritism

There are 146 comments on the Charleston Gazette story from Feb 2, 2014, titled Prosecutor says raises for new wife werent favoritism. In it, Charleston Gazette reports that:

A former secretary who is now married to Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants was given $15,000 in raises in the four years she worked at the prosecutor's office.

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truthy

Charleston, WV

#1 Feb 4, 2014
well?
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Since: Feb 14

Charleston, WV

#5 Feb 4, 2014
But these posts are not violative of the Terms of Service. They are inquiries about a timely story about a public official. If anything, this type of discourse should be embraced by Topix.
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dumber n dirt

Charleston, WV

#9 Feb 5, 2014
well so what?
who dis be

Charleston, WV

#10 Feb 5, 2014
yes.
Joe Public

Charleston, WV

#11 Feb 5, 2014
Will there be additional stories in either paper? It feels like there is much more to this story.
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Joe Public

Charleston, WV

#13 Feb 6, 2014
Hundreds of posts from a myriad of people have been removed, including several I posted. Topix did not remove these without prompting (perhaps by the Prosecutor or someone in his office). In the Courthouse, it's common to hear prosecutors state that, "only a guilty man flees." Why in the world would an innocent/wrongfully accused public official technologically "flee" from legitimate inquires and discourse on Topix by having Topix remove them?
Character

Hansford, WV

#14 Feb 6, 2014
Mr Plants is an elected official - in that capacity - he has given up his privacy. When you are given the responsibility of spending and budgeting tax dollars - you will be held accountable for all decisions. Ben and Adam are mere scape goats. They answer to Mark - being the Prosecutor is a big responsibility - it could be rewarding - but when you become corrupt- you need to step down- tax payers deserve better - we work hard for our paychecks. We pay taxes---- we don't it wasted on fake teeth and county vehicles being used for personal business. We deserve someone with integrity and character and honest. We aren't getting that now.
Character

Hansford, WV

#15 Feb 6, 2014
Joe Public wrote:
Hundreds of posts from a myriad of people have been removed, including several I posted. Topix did not remove these without prompting (perhaps by the Prosecutor or someone in his office). In the Courthouse, it's common to hear prosecutors state that, "only a guilty man flees." Why in the world would an innocent/wrongfully accused public official technologically "flee" from legitimate inquires and discourse on Topix by having Topix remove them?
. Because he is a coward. He should do the honest and honorable thing - run an office with transparency!
Joe Public

Charleston, WV

#16 Feb 6, 2014
I completely agree with you Character. Frankly, I am brand new to Topix and was drawn here solely for the purpose of reading about the Prosecutor's office situation. A friend told me about this service. I posted by two cents and planned to leave it at that. However, I was shocked when Topix removed my legitimate posts. It smacked of prosecutorial strong-arming. That's just plain wrong. Now I'm going to be on this issue relentlessly via multiple channels.
yes the truth

Charleston, WV

#17 Feb 6, 2014
topix does not remove anything automatically even if you judge a post as spam---you have to report abuse---this is a joke because it usually takes them 3 days if at all to read your complaint.
but post here are being removed almost in real time----just shows you who topix is scared of and who they are not.
test

Montréal, Canada

#18 Feb 6, 2014
test
Joe Public

Charleston, WV

#19 Feb 7, 2014
Several posts from yesterday remain (though several others were removed). Hopefully this discourse is permitted to continue.
truthy knows

Weston, WV

#20 Feb 9, 2014
no favoritism? really and how dumb do you think we are?
I voted for plants last election----I don't vote for many republicans because of the usual hypocrisy and expected better but just ANOTHER family value republican.
hypocricy

Hurricane, WV

#21 Feb 9, 2014
Mark Plants railed against Carol Fouty for much less. Google search Mark Plants Carol Fouty.. You got played KANAWHA County
Joe Public

Charleston, WV

#22 Feb 10, 2014
Former Magistrate Fouty's admitted conduct was bad. She showed favoritism and used her position for personal gain. Mark Plants investigated the matter (rightfully). Allegations concerning the prosecutor's alleged favoritism and use of his position for personal gain should likewise be investigated. Magistrate Fouty resigned. If Mr. Plants engaged in such conduct, he should resign as well.
Out of the Furnace

Hockessin, DE

#23 Feb 10, 2014
Joe Public wrote:
Former Magistrate Fouty's admitted conduct was bad. She showed favoritism and used her position for personal gain. Mark Plants investigated the matter (rightfully). Allegations concerning the prosecutor's alleged favoritism and use of his position for personal gain should likewise be investigated. Magistrate Fouty resigned. If Mr. Plants engaged in such conduct, he should resign as well.
Joe,

You seem very intelligent and fair. You don't seem biased in your arguments and seem to just want the truth. That's respectable and that's all anyone should want with this. Your entitled to your opinion and I'm not trying to be critical of you. Anything that is published by a legitimate news source is worth discussing. That doesn't make it true but legitimate enough to debate and discuss. However, allegations outside of the scope of those news stories should not be entertained or posted. Especially by those who could potential be witnesses in the case. Posts they are using could potentially prevent them from testifying and prevent evidence from being presented in a trial. I am glad you referenced Carol Fouty because I was going to respond to your comment from the other forum. Fouty is the perfect example of the point I was trying to make. I am glad Fouty resigned from her office but she deserved more than to just lose her job. Fouty deserved prison for behavior she engaged in. And although she was extensively investigated both locally and federally for some time Fouty was never charged. Plenty of comments-posts about Fouty were aired on Topix prior to and at the early stages of that investigation. Posts of which I'm sure gave her time and opportunity to explain and defend her criminal actions. If politicians break the law they aren't above anyone else. They should not only lose their positions but go to prison with others who have committed crimes. I don't recall seeing much posted on topics before any of the political officials in Mingo County were charged. Those officials were caught off guard with the investigation and caught off guard when the FBI confronted them. The result of that investigation is that they all appear to be going to prison in addition to losing their positions. You could be right about the little effect Topix has or doesn't have on the case. Why chance it though?
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Joe Public

Charleston, WV

#25 Feb 13, 2014
I hear you and you certainly raise a valid point. But in this case, Mr. Plants must certainly be well aware of the investigation. I think that public discourse and interest in matters of public officials' alleged misconduct is healthy. Apathy often allows matters to be swept under rugs. We (i.e., you, me and others) should demand more from our elected officials and hold them accountable for misconduct. Social media is a vehicle that can be effective toward that end. I don't know Mr. Plants from Adam, but I've seen enough smoke to insist that folks determine if there is/was a fire.
shrek n princess fiona

Charleston, WV

#26 Feb 13, 2014
why would anyone think there is favoritism in tickets or personel matters in the prosecutors office?
fairy tales do come true.
lets all sing "I'm a Believer".
all together now.
remove this post

Charleston, WV

#27 Feb 13, 2014
sad sad sad.....this is a public forum and this thread pertains to public officials----yet posts are removed over and over...go ahead and remove we will just keep posting----our voice will not be silenced and we will be heard.
this is not a personal matter.
Carrie

Charleston, WV

#28 Feb 13, 2014
Joe Public wrote:
Former Magistrate Fouty's admitted conduct was bad. She showed favoritism and used her position for personal gain. Mark Plants investigated the matter (rightfully). Allegations concerning the prosecutor's alleged favoritism and use of his position for personal gain should likewise be investigated. Magistrate Fouty resigned. If Mr. Plants engaged in such conduct, he should resign as well.
Magistrate Fouty did not admit her conduct was bad nor did she use her position for personal gain. What personal gain are you talking about? Apparently you people know very little of Magistrate Fouty. she did resign, but not because she was guilty of showing favoritism nor using her office for personal gain, but she refused to work with such trash that made the false accusations. If she had committed a crime, why didn't Mr. Plants prosecute her? Can you prove Mark Plants committed a crime or did he misuse public funds, I don't think so.

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