CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has suspended a former Randolph County prosecutor's law license for three years for misconduct during his tenure in office.
The court says in an order issued Wednesday that Richard T. Busch violated professional rules of conduct in two criminal cases between January 2009 and his resignation on Dec. 5, 2011.
The court says Busch ignored the defense's request for documents in one case and obstructed the defense's access to an alleged victim's recorded statements in the other case. He also gave false statements to the circuit court in both cases regarding the whereabouts of the evidence.
Busch had suggested a lesser suspension. He contended that his conduct was negligible but not intentional.