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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||04/17/2006 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Charles Haden II|
|Undergraduate:||West Virginia University, 1989|
|Law School:||West Virginia University Law, 1992|
Thomas Johnston is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Johnston served as a law clerk for Judge Frederick Stamp of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1992 to 1994. He then worked as an attorney in a private practice in West Virginia from 1994 to 2001. In 2001, Johnston was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, where he worked as Chief Federal Prosecutor for the Northern Region of West Virginia, including the City of Wheeling.
Southern District of West Virginia
Johnston was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia by President George W. Bush on September 28, 2005, to a seat vacated by Charles Haden II. Johnston was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2006, and received commission on April 17, 2006.
Former judge gets 50 years for conspiracy charges (2014)
A former Mingo County judge entered a plea of guilty and received his sentence for conspiring to deprive at least one man of his constitutional rights. Federal Judge Thomas Johnston of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia gave Michael Thornsbury 50 months behind bars, a steep penalty considering he was expecting 30 to 37 months. Judge Johnston, however, wanted the sentence to serve as a warning and a reminder to others in Mingo County, which is known for corruption. In addition to Thornsbury, a former county prosecutor and county commissioner were implicated in the conspiracy ring. The county sheriff, Eugene Crum, would have been as well, but he was shot and killed in his patrol car in April 2013.
Federal prosecutors agreed to drop charges against Thornsbury for violating another man's constitutional rights. This man, Robert Woodruff, is the husband of Thornsbury's former secretary, Kim. Thornsbury wished to strike up an affair with Kim and felt if he got Robert out of the picture, she would turn to him.
Thornsbury asked to serve his sentence in a federal prison in Florida or Alabama, near where he has family.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
- News: West Virginia is a battleground due to election issues, August 6, 2012
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Thomas E. Johnston"
- Southern District of West Virginia, "Honorable Thomas E. Johnston, Judge"
- The Robing Room, "Hon. Thomas E. Johnston"
|Federal judicial offices|
Charles Haden II
|Southern District of West Virginia
|Magistrate judges||Clarke VanDervort • Cheryl Eifert • Dwane Tinsley •|
|Former Article III judges||
Benjamin Franklin Keller • George Warwick McClintic • Harry Watkins • Sidney Christie • Charles Haden II • William Kidd • John Field • Kenneth Hall • Elizabeth Hallanan • Dennis Knapp • Ben Moore • Robert Staker •
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