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Hawkins’ plans raise questions

Official: Using on-duty time to prepare defense a ‘gray area’

July 25, 2013
By Katie Kuba - City Editor ( , The Inter-Mountain

In the wake of a federal civil lawsuit filed against him, Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins has stated that some of his duties may have to be placed "on a back burner," while he prepares to mount a defense; however, the head of the West Virginia Ethics Commission said Wednesday it's unclear whether using on-duty time to prepare a defense is a violation of the state's Ethics Act or a misuse of power.



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