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In this Sept. 4 photo, Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks (left) talks to Mingo County clerk “Big” Jim Hatfield at a county commission meeting in Williamson. Federal prosecutors claim Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden conspired with Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, Sparks and now-deceased Sheriff Eugene Crum to stop a confidential informant from telling federal agents that he provided narcotics to the sheriff.

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