Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Shaffer's office has been disqualified from a case involving a Wheeling attorney.
Judge John Lewis Marks Jr. signed the order disqualifying the office from the case with Wheeling attorney Paul Harris, who recently filed a lawsuit against Shaffer and an assistant prosecutor following the dismissal of charges against himself related to a witness tampering case. Court documents indicate that the Harrison County prosecutor's office asked to be removed from the case involving Harris. A special prosecutor will be appointed to the case by the W.Va. Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.
Harris recently filed a lawsuit accusing Shaffer and his assistant prosecutor, Traci Cook, of fabricating evidence against him to injure him in his profession. 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. Charges against Harris were recently dismissed by the prosecutor citing that key witnesses had died.