DEFENDANT TO PROSECUTE PLAINTIFF!
"We will defend the state of West Virginia…” Patrick Morrisey
But, doesn’t this mean that you will be PROSECUTING A PLAINTIFF IN A CASE THAT YOU ARE A DEFENDANT AND BOTH THOMAS AND I HAVE STILL OPEN???
West Virginia's Attorney General discusses a local case; one in which the state was the target of an alleged terrorist threat.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was in Parkersburg Tuesday.
He says its his office's responsibility to represent the state when any of its officials are the subject of threats.
"We will defend the state of West Virginia, the governor, all state agencies that are made," Morrisey says. "Everyone has to follow the law; no one is above the law. We're going to continue defending the state to ensure their interests are protected."
At his hearing, Deegan said the state is a defendant in a case filed with the state supreme court.
He added a federal civil rights complaint has been filed in Charleston.
Magistrate Robin Waters and prosecutor Jason Wharton both told us Tuesday they have not been served with such a complaint.
UPDATE: 10/5/2015 5:21 PM
Two weeks after his arrest, a Mineral Wells man appears in court for a preliminary hearing, but it didn't go as planned after the defendant became uncooperative with the magistrate judge and claimed he did not understand what he was there for.
Thomas Deegan is charged with threats of terrorist acts after state police tells us he sought to help remove several state government leaders from their offices at the state capital.
Deegan said repeatedly he didn't understand anything the magistrate judge told him and he didn't want to go forward without the assistance of council. Deegan does have the right to have a court appointed attorney, which he did not accept, but was given anyways.
Deegan also told the court it would be served this week.
"There's a federal civil rights complaint that was filed Friday in Charleston. You'll be served today or tomorrow as well as the trooper that arrested me. And then there is an ongoing case in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in which the entire state and all the subdivision are all defendants. So there seems to be some conflicts here," says defendant, Deegan.
Deegan has been appointed attorney, John Oshaway and his preliminary hearing will be continued.
The court says he is to have no contact with Kanawha County or the state capitol.
At the hearing Deegan said he wants to face his victim or accuser and it's unclear who that individual is.
Deegan will remain at the North Central Regional Jail.