CHARLESTON — What a difference a month makes.
Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden, who adamantly declared in Charleston Federal Court that he was not guilty as charged by the Federal government changed that plea today to “guilty.” In fact, Federal Judge John Copenhaver asked Baisden to repeat his plea several times during the morning session at the Robert C. Byrd Courthouse.
In so doing, Baisden admitted that he attempted to coerce Appalachian Tire Products Company into selling him tires for his wife’s vehicle at the government rate. In fact, Baisden told Copenhaver he asked for the reduce price and then threatened, as county Purchasing Agent, to cut off the county ordering from the tire store in Williamson.
Unlike his first appearance in Federal court, Baisden was not accompanied by a large crowd. There was standing-room only in the courtroom when Baisden and Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury were arraigned a few weeks ago. The Judge was charged in a separate scheme.