Deskins candidate for family court judge

Ron Gregory ronjgregory@gmail.com

August 26, 2014

CHARLESTON — A Logan County assistant prosecutor is in the running for appointment as family court judge in Mingo County.

The name of Sabrina Leigh Deskins was added to the list of those seeking appointment when Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the names Friday. She serves as an assistant Logan prosecutor.

The deadline for applying for the governor’s appointment was Tuesday. The four previously listed were Robert H. Carlton, Jonathan Wayne “Duke” Jewell, W. Thomas Ward and Dianna Carter-Weidel.

The family court position is vacant due to Tomblin’s appointment of former Family Court Judge Miki Thompson to the circuit judge position left vacant by former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury. He resigned the job when he agreed to plead guilty to federal corruption charges.

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will schedule interviews with those seeking appointment. The law permits the commission to name two to five of the applicants to the governor for consideration.

There is controversy as to how long the governor’s appointment may last. Mingo County Clerk “”Big Jim” Hatfield has said that, since the family court position became vacant more than 84 days before the general election, filling the unexpired term will appear on the November 4 ballot. The county Democrat executive committee has named Jewell to be on that ballot.

But some in the governor’s office have said the governor will appoint someone to fill the complete unexpired term.

If the position is on the November ballot, it is assumed Tomblin’s appointment would serve only until the general election is certified.