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wkrg.com (WKRG-TV), Mobile/Pensacola, Alabama, 9 April 2009
State Bar: Thomas Is A "Sexual Predator"
By Jessica Taloney
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.
Thomas's attorney, Bob Clark, says his first court appearance in
the criminal case will likely be April 17th.
WKRG.com © 2009 Media General Inc.
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WKRG-TV news report, 9 April 2009 (1 min 54 secs), of which the above is an abbreviated text version. Thomas is interviewed and denies everything.
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