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Corruption Scandal in Mingo

It’s not good when your county is featured as an example of extensive corruption by the USA Today, but that’s what happened with Mingo. An investigation into the murder of the county sheriff last April has spiraled into a full-blown scandal as more and more government officials have been accused.

Sheriff Eugene Crum was killed during a stake out of a “pill mill” and an arrest has been made in the case. But investigation unearthed some illegal doings by Crum, and these in turn have brought other county officials into the mix that reach far beyond the murder itself. Among them, a local judge who has been indicted for allegedly trying to frame the husband of a love interest on a drug offense.

At the heart of the scandal is controlling the flow of prescription drugs to addicts in the county. The deceased Crum was supposedly heavily involved, but the corruption goes from the serious side to the almost ridiculous: “The day the judge was indicted, federal prosecutors also alleged that County Commissioner Dave Baisden had abused his power. He's charged with extortion, accused of threatening a business owner who refused to sell him tires for his personal vehicle at the cheaper government rate.”

If the charges stick for all these offenses, what does it say for how local governments are run in West Virginia? Unfortunately, reading the article gives us the impression of a “Dukes of Hazard” scenario, where local officials are petty and corrupt, casually abusing their authority for whatever strikes their fancy. It’s a sad state of affairs when the courts and prosecutors are accused of violating the very laws they are suppose to uphold. There has to be some doubt about what kind of justice the ordinary citizen was able to get. How many convictions will be overturned, based on allegations of corruption? We can only wait and see how it plays out.


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