CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has set a May 5 hearing on whether to suspend Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants' law license.
Plants is facing a domestic battery charge. He's accused of hitting one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22. Plants has argued in court papers that he was acting within a constitutionally protected right to control his child.
The state Office of Disciplinary Council has asked the Supreme Court to either suspend Plants, prevent his office from working on cases involving allegations of violence by parents against children, or both. The justices said in an order Tuesday that the case will be expedited. The disciplinary council and Plants were ordered to file briefs by May 1.