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Ex-Ala. Judge Accused of Trading Sex for Leniency

• AP

Herman Thomas had an enviable political record as a black Democrat elected and re-elected in a county overwhelmingly white and increasingly Republican. The respected circuit judge once was the Democratic Party's choice to be the first black federal judge in south Alabama.

Then his career collapsed under allegations that he brought inmates to his office and spanked them with a paddle. Later, an indictment accused him of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency. The trial on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations is set to start Monday.

The case has shocked his friends and former colleagues.


3 Comments in Response to

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Wow.  AN honest judge . . . fucking defendants! 

Comment by 4409
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This seems really hard to believe!

Comment by Lucky Red
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 Funny shit.  Life is stranger than fiction in these great United States of Ass of these days and the best thing is that the dude wasn't even a Republican, imagine that!