Former Alabama judge accused of sex with prison inmates

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Former Mobile County (AL) Circuit Judge Herman Thomas was arrested Friday after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly sexually abusing inmates.  He is accused of 57 felony counts including ethics violations, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sex abuse, first-and-second-degree extortion and first-degree sodomy.  Thomas is out of policy custody on $287,500 bond.

The nature of the charges is bizarre.  Thomas is accused of “paddling” inmates from the Mobile Metro Jail.

The judges wingman?

The judge's wingman?

Thomas’ attorney Bob Clark contends that Thomas is being unfairly targeted because he is black.

[This is a] high-tech lynching. It’s racism at its finest by the white folks at the courthouse.  They talked about Herman being suspended from Judge Johnston’s courtroom, Joe Koolaid hanging out in Judge Johnston’s courtroom all the time. That’s where it’s coming from, people who’ve got 20 and 30 years for Herman. If you went over to that jail and said say something bad about that judge that sentenced you we’ll let you go, they’d talk.

Mobile Country District Attorney John Tyson Jr. dismissed all notions that the arrest was racially motivated.  Tyson says that if Thomas is convicted, his past cases will have to be examined in case these behaviors affected his judgment.

We’re going to have to take that on a case-by-case basis. I suspect we’ll get what we have been getting in that regard. I think there have been a number of inquiries, but we’ll have to do it on a case-by-case basis.

Either we’ve got a serial spanker on our hands, or racism in Alabama.  I don’t know which is more likely.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

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