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    Judge accused of sex with inmates

    Former circuit judge Herman Thomas has denied abusing inmates
    The trial of a former US judge accused of having sex with male inmates in exchange for leniency is set to start in Mobile, Alabama.

    Herman Thomas, 48, denies the charges, which include sodomy, kidnapping, extortion, sex abuse and assault.

    Up to 15 current and former prisoners are set to testify against him at the jury trial.

    He was once the Democratic Party's choice to be the first black federal judge in south Alabama.

    Mr Thomas resigned as a judge in 2007 following allegations that he spanked inmates in his private office at the county courthouse with a paddle.

    'Private meetings'

    In April this year, he was indicted on more serious charges.

    If he is convicted of the charges of kidnapping, he could face a sentence of life in prison.

    Court records show that some of the inmates involved said they were checked out of jail for meetings with the defendant in either his car or in his office.

    They claim they were abused during these meetings.

    However, Mr Thomas's lawyer, Robert Clark, has said the alleged victims were trying to ruin his client's career.

    In April, he described the situation as a "a high-tech lynching" and said it was politically motivated.

    He said: "They don't like uppity black folks, and that's what they consider Herman."

    Mr Thomas's licence to practise has already been suspended.

    'Surprise'

    He has previously said he was trying to mentor the inmates.

    A former Democratic state senator and colleague, Bob Eddington, said: "I've always had the highest regard for him.

    "The allegations were a complete surprise to me and everyone else who knew him."

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights organisation, has said that Mr Thomas is being prosecuted because of his race.

    The trial is set to last several weeks.

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    Inmates should not have been seeing the judge except in open court.
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    • #3
      Where is O'Reilly's producer with the mic in th facr segment whn you really want him?

      Wait a minute ... he's black, so I guess I am being racist again ... oh my.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by DAL View Post
        Inmates should not have been seeing the judge except in open court.
        If the part about defendants and/or prisoners being brought into judge's chambers for 'private meetings' is true (and pretty easy to confirm), this guy is cooked. That would be unheard of.

        Using the race card is pretty lame. If you're not guilty of such crimes, fight it on the merits or lack thereof. Don't resort to that crap.
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        • #5
          Local news in Montgomery, reported sixteen counts have been dismissed, something like fifteen remain.............but whose counting?

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          • #6
            In April, he described the situation as a "a high-tech lynching" and said it was politically motivated.
            "They don't like uppity black folks, and that's what they consider Herman."
            I'm going to try my best to withhold judgement until he is convicted but when his only defense is, "because I'm black" it doesn't look so good...


            The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights organisation, has said that Mr Thomas is being prosecuted because of his race.
            ESPECIALLY when these guys are supposed to be your "support".



            Now what happened to my Race Card thread...






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            • #7
              Turns out these charges are nothing new

              The oldest incident in the charges dates to 1999, his first year as a circuit judge. The first public claim against Thomas surfaced in lawsuits filed by an inmate in 2001 in Mobile circuit court and in federal court that claimed the judge offered to help him with his case in return for sex. Both lawsuits were dismissed, and Thomas' reputation remained unblemished.

              Full story here:
              http://news.aol.com/article/herman-t...x-with/702052#




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              • #8
                State Bar: Thomas Is A “Sexual Predator”

                A former judge accused of paddling inmates will not get his law license back any time soon.

                A three person panel of the Alabama State Bar's Disciplinary Commission upheld a previous decision to suspend Herman Thomas' license, despite Thomas denying under oath all of the allegations in a 57 count indictment.

                "I'm not guilty," said Thomas, in his first interview since his arrest earlier this month. "There is no doubt that people assisted these inmates in telling these lies on me."

                During the two hour hearing, Thomas testified about the nature of his relationship with each of the nine inmates named in the indictment. Thomas acknowledged going to Mobile Metro Jail to pick up two of the inmates on separate occasions, but he said he gave one of the inmates a ride home and the other he took to his court chambers to mentor.

                In addition to paddling inmates, Thomas is also accused of forcing them to perform sexual acts in exchange for leniency in the courtroom. Tony McLain, General Counsel for the Alabama State Bar, introduced into evidence pictures of the room where the sexual abuse allegedly happened and forensic DNA evidence allegedly found in the room.

                "When you have the mounting amount of information and the number of people coming forward, especially with someone in a high place such as a judge, wanting to provide information which obviously is embarrassing to them individually and the responsibility they have to back it up, leads us to the conclusion he is a dangerous individual," said McLain, who also agreed with the testimony of Jeremy McIntrye, Asst. General Counsel, who called Thomas a "sexual predator."

                Thomas' wife sat behind him during the hearing, and afterwards she clung to his arm as he talked to News Five about his desire to continue working in the community.

                http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/...-2009_9-36-pm/
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                • #9
                  Where can i get that bowtie ?
                  Originally posted by Michigan
                  I won't say anything mean to you because you're obviously retarded. I don't know if you will understand or comprehend what everyone is saying to you, so put it this way: The internet is bad, bad place. No go, no go. Computer bad, no login. Stay home, eat sour patch kids- yum yum. No talk to no one. Stay home. Internet is bad, stay away. Bye, bye.

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                  • #10
                    On a related note, President Obama has just appointed him as Department of Naughty Corrections Czar.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Steelers5 View Post
                      Where can i get that bowtie ?
                      Dunno, but at least he was well dressed for his mugshot.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by marcusindc View Post
                        Dunno, but at least he was well dressed for his mugshot.

                        2 different bow ties, Is that a secret slang
                        Originally posted by Michigan
                        I won't say anything mean to you because you're obviously retarded. I don't know if you will understand or comprehend what everyone is saying to you, so put it this way: The internet is bad, bad place. No go, no go. Computer bad, no login. Stay home, eat sour patch kids- yum yum. No talk to no one. Stay home. Internet is bad, stay away. Bye, bye.

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                        • #13
                          He needs to team up with that idiot professor up in New England and they can do a road show about what it feels like to be victimized by the man.

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                          • #14
                            Maybe he was just trying to introduce the inmates to what prison life would be like.

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                            • #15
                              Who else would feel a little uncomfortable arresting a judge? I believe that I would.......

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