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Thomas Johnston

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Thomas Johnston
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Station:   Charleston, WV
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   04/17/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Charles Haden II
Personal History
Born:   1967
Hometown:   Charleston, WV
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.[1]

Education

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Johnston graduated from West Virginia University with his bachelor's degree in 1989, and with his J.D. in 1992.[1]

Professional career

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.[1] 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.[2]

Judicial career

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.[3]

Notable cases

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.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Charles Haden II
Southern District of West Virginia
2006–Current
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:
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