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A Mingo County commissioner and a former county circuit judge both pleaded not guilty in federal court Aug. 21.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden was charged with extortion under color of official right. Specifically, attempting to obstruct, delay and affecting commerce and the movement of an article and commodity in commerce.

His trial is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 15 in federal court in Charleston.

Former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury is facing allegations that he had an extramarital relationship with his secretary and conspired to plant illegal drugs on her husband's pickup, have him arrested for thefts he did not commit, commandeer a state grand jury to oppress the husband and his family.

Thornsbury pleaded "absolutely not guilty" during the Aug. 21 hearing and his trial is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct 21 in Charleston federal court.

Click here for our previous coverage of these officials' indictments.

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