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Wheeling Attorney Sues Harrison County Prosecutor After Charges Dismissed

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Wheeling Attorney Paul Harris has filed a 20-count lawsuit against Harrison County Prosecutor Joseph Shaffer and his assistant, Traci Cook, after charges against Harris were dismissed on Thursday.

Harris had been accused of charges including conspiracy to commit threats in official and political matters, and misdemeanor counts including conspiracy to commit witness intimidation and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, in connection with the trial of former Shinnston police officer.

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Harris alleges that prosecutors fabricated evidence against him to injure him in his profession.

The complaint also alleges that Shafer and Cook acted together while intentionally and
maliciously moving forward on the criminal case against him knowing it was frivolous.

Harris alleges that the prosecutors were "woefully unprepared" and had him arrested just two business days prior to a large trial that was set to begin in Harrison County, West Virginia where Harris was to be lead counsel.

Harris claims that because prosecutors feared losing the high profile case, a scheme was put into place to falsely implicate him of wrongdoing.

In a press release issued Thursday, Harris said, "My career was built on aggressive representation of my clients in an ethical manner against the government and this was a clear attempt to damage me professionally. In my professional career I have never permitted injustices by the government nor will I allow it to happen to myself."

The lawsuit has been filed in Marshall County.