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August 13, 2011
A married Republican state lawmaker in Indiana – and a public maligner of gay marriage – is in hot water after reportedly seeking to pay a young man for a sexual tryst and then exposing himself during their hotel rendezvous. State Rep. Phillip Hinkle arranged to pay Kameryn Gibson up to $140 for a "really good time" at a posh Indianapolis hotel, according to email exchanges published in a bombshell report by the Indianapolis Media Sources. Hinkle has not contested the emails, but suggested that he was "aware of a shakedown taking place." His attorney told media sources that Hinkle would not comment on the allegations and that a private investigation was being conducted.
The 64-year-old lawmaker responded to an ad Gibson posted Aug. 6 on Craigslist in the "m4m" (men for men) section. Gibson wrote "I need a sugga daddy" and said he was 18 years old, although he later told media sources that he's actually 20. At one point in the email exchange, Hinkle – who voted for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage -- described himself as an "in shape married professional, 5'8'', fit 170 pounds, and love getting and staying naked."
Gibson told media sources that when they met at a hotel on Saturday he got nervous after Hinkle mentioned he was a politician. The young man added that when he tried to leave, Hinkle resisted, grabbed his rear and then exposed himself. Gibson said that no sexual activity took place and he was eventually able to flee after calling his sister, Megan, who came to get him after he called her from the hotel's bathroom. The six-term lawmaker offered to give them his Blackberry, iPad and $100 after Megan Gibson threatened to call police and the media, Gibson told the newspaper.
Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has called the situation a "family tragedy," but said it's up to Hinkle and his constituents to determine if he should resign.
Hinkle is just the latest politician to find himself in trouble over an alleged sex scandal involving the Web. Republican New York Rep. Chris Lee stepped down earlier this year after e-mails and shirtless photos he sent to a woman he met on Craigslist surfaced. Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned in June after he sent lewd photos to several women he met online.
Published: July 23, 2011
Rep. David Wu spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about his political future after it was reported in his hometown newspaper that a young woman called the congressman’s office this spring complaining of what was described as an “unwanted sexual encounter.” The woman, whom the newspaper did not name, reportedly left a distraught voicemail accusing Wu (D-Ore.) of aggressive sexual behavior. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources in the congressman’s office, said Wu has acknowledged a sexual encounter with the woman but said that it was consensual. The congressman separated from his wife in 2009 and has been seeking a divorce.
Asked by reporters whether she thought Wu should resign, Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to weigh in. “I don’t have any comment on that at this time,” Pelosi said as she left her office after a series of meetings with other congressional leaders on raising the debt ceiling. “I just really don’t know that much about it; I heard that there was some article in the paper.” Pelosi told reporters that she’d have something to say later, noting that “right now, we’re so completely, totally immersed” in the debt-limit negotiations.
In a statement, Wu did not directly address his actions in the matter. “This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family,” Wu said. The news comes on the heels of a series of revelations that already threatened the Portland-area congressman’s political career.
Wu was accused of erratic behavior toward the end of his successful 2010 reelection campaign. Staffers urged Wu to check in to a psychiatric hospital because of his behavior. He later cited the stresses of the campaign for his actions and said he successfully sought treatment for his problems. The alleged sexual encounter occurred Thanksgiving weekend, a few weeks after the 2010 election. The woman did not contact the police at the time, and her family has declined to comment. A lawyer for the family did not respond to an inquiry from media sources.
None of his Democratic colleagues have publicly called for Wu’s resignation, but a newspaper outside Wu’s northwest Oregon district has called on him to resign because of a lack of candor about his problems. A source close to the situation said Wu is going to take the coming days to evaluate his options, which include resignation, not seeking reelection or fighting back.
He has drawn primary challenges from two Democrats — state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Rep. Brad Witt. Republicans also hope to target the Democratic-leaning seat, but will probably only be able to do so if Wu survives the primary. Democrats privately acknowledge that Wu’s troubles endanger what should be a safe seat for them, and Wu’s fate in a primary — if he seeks reelection — is very much up in the air.
Whatever Wu may have done before, the implications of the latest accusations appear to be even worse. The woman who made the call reportedly graduated from high school just last year and is apparently the daughter of one of Wu’s friends. It’s also not the first time Wu has been accused of sexual misconduct. The same newspaper reported in 2004 that, in the 1970s, Wu was disciplined by Stanford University after his former girlfriend accused him of trying to force her to have sex with him. After that report, Wu apologized. Wu also acknowledged in a February interview with media sources that he sent “unprofessional” e-mails to his staff, including one photo that showed him wearing a tiger costume, and that he took unprescribed medication. He has experienced significant turnover in his staff.
Wu, who was born in Taiwan and is the first Chinese American to serve in Congress, has represented Oregon’s 1st District since 1999. He has rarely been seriously challenged, winning most recently in 2010 with 55 percent of the vote, before the current allegations came to light. Wu, 56, is a lawyer and member of the moderate New Democrat Coalition. He was chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus early in his tenure in Congress, but generally has not been considered a force — even within the state’s delegation — over his seven terms. Some have criticized him from being isolated from his constituents. Since the controversy over his behavior came to light earlier this year, Wu has been making an effort to connect with constituents. The district he represents includes most of Portland west of the Willamette River and stretches up to the northwest corner of the state.
Perverted Judges! Police Officer, Attorney and
District Judge Hoffman!
District Judge Hoffman!
Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 1:12 pm - Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:02 am
North Dakota - South Central District Judge Tom Schneider said the one thing that stood out to him in the case of a former judge and police officer accused of molesting a young girl was the amount of grooming and planning that went into the crimes. Randall Hoffman, 56, (pictured above, center) did not just make a one-time bad decision with a 17-year-old girl, Schneider said. Instead, he molested her from the time she was 12 or 13 until she was 17 and protested. "It started out when she was very, very young," Schneider said. "It only stopped when the child screamed and you were discovered."
Schneider sentenced Hoffman on Monday morning to 50 years in prison with 30 years suspended and five years of supervised probation on a Class AA felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a minor. The judge also gave concurrent sentences of 20 years and five years in prison, respectively, for charges of Class A felony attempted gross sexual imposition and Class C felony corruption or solicitation of a minor.
Hoffman was a district court judge who resigned his judgeship and then later lost his law license following complaints about his conduct. At the time of his arrest in September 2010, he was the police chief in Elgin. Hoffman was arrested after attempting to rape a 17-year-old girl in September 2010. He faced 52 felony charges in Grant County related to having sexual contact with the girl from the time she was 12 or 13 until the day in September 2010 that she resisted his attempts, court documents said. Hoffman pleaded guilty in July to three of the charges in exchange for the dismissal of the additional 49 charges.
At a sentencing hearing held in Morton County on Monday morning, Assistant Attorney General Jon Byers, who prosecuted the case with Grant County State's Attorney Dan Herbel, recommended Hoffman be sentenced to 50 years with 25 suspended and five years of supervised probation on the Class AA felony charge, with concurrent 20- and five-year sentences on the other two charges.
Byers said the victim wished that Hoffman would be sentenced to 25 years in prison. Hoffman should get credit for pleading guilty and sparing the victim from testifying at trial, Byers said. He said few of the sentencing factors that state law outlines for judges to consider went in Hoffman's favor; Hoffman was a police officer at the time and his actions could have been construed as an abuse of power, there were no grounds on which to excuse his behaviors, and the victim did not, and could not under state law, consent to the sexual acts. Byers also said Hoffman should get no different treatment on the basis of having been a judge, attorney and police officer.
Hoffman's attorney said such a sentence was unnecessary. Hoffman should be treated for mental health problems rather than just punished and "warehoused" in a prison, he said. "A sentence of this length is unreasonable," he said about Byers' proposal. Hoffman's attorney called Richard Weinberger, a psychologist at Alpha Human Services, a sex offender rehabilitation facility for adult men in Minneapolis, to testify. Hoffman spent about 90 days at the facility for an evaluation during the spring, and Weinberger said the program would accept him for longer-term residential treatment.
Weinberger said Hoffman is not considered a pedophile but is attracted to teenage girls and adult women. Hoffman was cooperative and open during his time at the facility and expressed regret for his actions, the psychologist said. Under cross examination by Byers, Weinberger said Hoffman did not condone or justify his own actions but continued molesting the girl as part of a cycle to feel good rather than feel bad about his behaviors. His defense attorney said Hoffman's past of achievements and community service should be considered in sentencing. He urged Schneider to issue a "forward-looking and enlightened sentence."
"He has a vast record of good deeds," the attorney said of his client. "He would have a chance to do some good for the community." Hoffman must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for release. He will receive credit for 13 months served in the Mercer County jail and at Alpha Human Services. Schneider waived court fees in the case, finding that Hoffman would be unlikely to pay them given his lengthy sentence. Hoffman will be required to register as a sex offender following his release.
Septembr 30, 2010
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who etched his name in legal history earlier this year by striking down California's ban on same-sex marriage, is retiring in February. Walker will be replaced as leader of the region's federal courts by San Jose-based Judge James Ware. The 66-year-old Walker attracted nationwide attention as he presided over the first federal court trial involving a legal challenge to a state's ban on same-sex marriage. The San Francisco judge found voter-approved Proposition 8 unconstitutional, ruling that it violates the equal rights of gay and lesbian couples. The ruling has been appealed, and Walker's decision is expected to ultimately force the U.S. Supreme Court to address the same-sex marriage issue.
Walker, a 1990 appointee of former President George H.W. Bush, has been an unpredictable maverick on the court, serving as chief judge since 2004 and presiding over everything from the Hearst antitrust trial to a challenge to the federal government's warrantless wiretapping program. A Republican who was expected to be a conservative on the bench, Walker has repeatedly defied expectations, including with his decision invalidating Proposition 8.
San Francisco's leading civil rights groups originally opposed Walker's nomination to a federal judgeship in large part because they considered him hostile to gay rights. After the Proposition 8 trial, he was criticized by same-sex-marriage opponents and accused of being biased in favor of those same gay rights organizations, in part because of public disclosures that he is openly gay.
In a statement, Walker said he would return to private practice after leaving the bench. He was a partner in a major San Francisco law firm when he became a judge. With 21 years as a federal judge, Walker is able to retire with full pension benefits.
The Obama administration will have an opportunity to nominate his replacement.
The 64-year-old Ware, meanwhile, is next in line because of seniority to take over as the Bay Area's chief federal judge, a position that carries the administrative task of leading the local federal courts. He will take over that part of the job in January. The San Jose-based judge was named to the federal bench in 1990 by Bush after a short stint as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge. Ware was widely considered a rising star in the judiciary and was nominated by former President Bill Clinton in 1997 to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But Ware's career was sidetracked by the revelation that he lied about a childhood story in which he claimed to be another James Ware who witnessed the racially motivated murder of his brother in Alabama in the 1960s. Ware had to recant the story, his nomination to the federal appeals court was withdrawn and he was reprimanded by the judiciary. Since that time, Ware has re-established his reputation on the South Bay bench.
Ware has presided over a host of high-profile cases through the years, from a legal spat over the rights to the domain name sex.com to the recent criminal trial of San Jose lawyer Jamie Harley.
Gay Judge Taunts
August 13, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO – The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure's backers: He doubts they have the right to challenge his ruling that gay couples can begin marrying next week. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Thursday rejected a request to delay his decision barring Proposition 8 from taking effect until high courts can take up an appeal lodged by its supporters. One of the reasons, the judge said, is he's not sure the proponents have the authority to appeal since they would not be affected by or responsible for implementing his ruling. By contrast, same-sex couples are being denied their constitutional rights every day they are prohibited from marrying, Walker said.
The ban's backers "point to harm resulting from a 'cloud of uncertainty' surrounding the validity of marriages performed after judgment is entered but before proponents' appeal is resolved," he said. "Proponents have not, however, argued that any of them seek to wed a same-sex spouse." Walker gave opponents of same-sex marriage until Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. to get a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on whether gay marriages should start before the court considers their broader appeal.
Their lawyers filed a request asking the 9th Circuit to intervene and block the weddings on an emergency basis late Thursday. They argued the appeals court should grant a stay of Walker's order requiring state officials to cease enforcing Proposition 8 "to avoid the confusion and irreparable injury that would flow from the creation of a class of purported same-sex marriages." Depending on how the 9th Circuit rules, same-sex couples could begin tying the knot in California as early as next week or be put off while the appeal works its way through the court and potentially the U.S. Supreme Court as well.
California voters passed Proposition 8 as a state constitutional amendment in November 2008, five months after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions and an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples already had married.
In refusing to suspend his ruling for more than a few days, Walker agreed with the lawyers who sued to strike down the ban that it's unclear if Proposition 8's sponsors have legal standing to appeal. Although he allowed the coalition of religious and conservative groups that sponsored the measure to defend the lawsuit during the 13-day trial over which he presided, the judge said appellate courts have different rules for deciding when a party is eligible to challenge a lower court.
Based on his interpretation of those rules, it appears the ban's sponsors can only appeal his decision with the backing of either Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney General Jerry Brown, Walker said. But that seems unlikely as both officials refused to defend Proposition 8 in Walker's court and said last week they see no reason why gay couples should not be able to tie the knot now.
Gay Judge Overrules
August 4, 2010
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
-- Gay Judge Vaughn Walker overturning ban on Gay Marriage.
Today, homosexual Judge Vaughn Walker (pictured left) overturned the votes of seven (7) million California voters to impose gay marriage on citizens of the state. Homosexual Vaughn Walker, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, heard myriad witnesses testify about the history of marriage, the nature of homosexuality and the degree of power gays and lesbians possess in the political system during the 2 1/2-week trial in January. Today this homosexual overturned Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California. American jurisprudence is in big trouble given the expanding number of judges who are, to use modern parlance, “openly gay” (which is to say: proudly practicing or inclined to practice perversion). If they regard their homosexuality as (part of) “who they are” and, by extension, view foes of homosexuality as akin to racists, it is difficult to imagine them being truly impartial on “gay”-related cases.
Walker has ruled in at least two other cases involving gay rights issues during his two decades as a judge. In 1999, he rejected arguments from the parents of a San Leandro boy who claimed their religious rights were violated by pro-gay comments their son's teacher had made in the classroom.
In the other case, he dismissed a free speech claim by two Oakland city employees whose managers had confiscated a bulletin board flier for a religious group that promoted "natural family, marriage and family values." The city had "significant interests in restricting discriminatory speech about homosexuals," Walker wrote in his 2005 ruling.
Months before Walker struck down Proposition 8 as an unconstitutional violation of gay Americans' civil rights, members of the team defending the ban in court had complained about what they perceived as judicial bias.
Over their vigorous objections, Walker pushed to have the proceedings televised live, a plan the U.S. Supreme Court quashed at the last minute. Then, he refused to excuse as a witness a Proposition 8 supporter who had compared gays to child molesters during the 2008 campaign. [Gay men tend to be hebephiles. In fact, there is now substantial evidence that men attracted to pubescent (as opposed to prepubescent) children form a recognizable sexual orientation group, termed hebephiles. But hebephiles are different. They show offense histories and laboratory arousal patterns indicating that their peak sexual arousal is to pubescent body types. In this way, they are discernable, as a group, from men who show offense histories and laboratory arousal patterns indicating peak sexual arousal patterns to prepubescent children or to adults.] Lawyers for the two same-sex couples who sued to invalidate the ban had called him as a witness to try to prove the measure was fueled by anti-gay prejudice.
Walker had come under more criticism for representing the U.S. Olympic Committee in a lawsuit against a gay ex-Olympian who had created the so-called Gay Olympics. Walker won, forcing the Gay Olympics to become the Gay Games. He also aggressively pursued legal fees by attaching a $97,000 lien to the home of the organization's founder while he was dying of AIDS.
Civil rights groups also opposed Walker's nomination because of his 15-year membership in the Olympic Club, an all-male athletic club that had only recently admitted its first black members. California's senior senator at the time, Democrat Alan Cranston, used the club issue to question Walker's fitness for the bench.
Having said that, given the ferocity with which many straight liberals promote homosexualist ideology today, there surely is plenty of left-wing judicial bias to go around without laying all or even most of the blame at the feet of America’s homosexual judges. A straight liberal who regards homosexuality as a pure “civil rights” issue is just as capable of being a reactionary, anti-religious bigot in his approach toward moral opponents of homosexuality as an openly homosexual judge. "Today's ruling is indicative of an out-of-control judiciary willing to circumvent California's direct democracy by imposing their point of view," said Karen England, executive director of the pro-family lobbying group Capitol Resource Institute. "Family values are under constant assault now more then ever… We will continue to battle interest groups who wish to redefine one of our oldest institutions; the institution of marriage. We will continue to represent the 7 million Californians who took to the polls in favor of marriage."
"Natural marriage, voter rights, the Constitution, and our republic called the United States of America have all been dealt a terrible blow,” said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com. “Judge Walker has ignored the written words of the Constitution, which he swore to support and defend and be impartially faithful to, and has instead imposed his own homosexual agenda upon the voters, the parents, and the children of California.”
“In America, we should respect and uphold the right of a free people to make policy choices through the democratic process -- especially ones that do nothing more than uphold the definition of marriage that has existed since the foundation of the country and beyond,” said Alliance Defense Fund senior counsel. “We will certainly appeal this disappointing decision. Its impact could be devastating to marriage and the democratic process.”
October 30, 2009
TACOMA — A jury has found Pierce County Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht guilty of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute. Hecht had been accused of paying one man for sex multiple times in 2008 and 2009 and threatening to kill another man who talked about having sex with him. The 59-year-old was elected to the Pierce County bench in August 2008 and sworn into office in January, the day after The News Tribune newspaper reported that police were investigating Hecht.
Hecht has denied the allegations and testified that he was just trying to help people.
He also faces charges brought by the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct. A hearing on those charges is set for February 2010.
February 28, 2009
TACOMA, Wash. — A Pierce County Superior Court judge was charged Friday with felony harassment and a misdemeanor count of patronizing a prostitute. The state attorney general's office alleges that Michael Hecht threatened to kill a prostitute on Aug. 30 of 2008, shortly after Hecht was elected to the bench but before he was sworn in, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported.
According to court papers, the male prostitute told Tacoma police that Hecht had paid him for sex in the past. In the second charge, prosecutors allege Hecht paid a different prostitute to engage in sex.
"Judge Hecht denies both allegations," Hecht's attorney, Wayne Fricke, told the Associated Press. "This is going to trial before a jury," the lawyer added. "We're confident they're going to make the right decision and exonerate him." Fricke said Hecht has been hearing civil cases since he was sworn in Jan. 12, 2009 and he anticipated that the judge would continue doing so.
Reiko Callner, executive director of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, said by state law she could not say whether a judge is being investigated. Generally speaking, she said, a judge who faces criminal charges may be violating the code of judicial conduct. The commission could issue a warning, a reprimand or a censure, which could include a recommendation to the state Supreme Court that a judge be removed or suspended.
Hecht was newly elected to the bench on Aug. 19, 2008 beating out Judge Sergio Armijo.
March 14, 2009
Judge Michael Hecht pleaded not guilty to charges of harassment and patronizing a prostitute, then went on paid leave pending resolution of the case.
Judge Michael Hecht was released without bail by Judge James Cayce, of King County, who was brought in to hear the case brought by the state Attorney General's Office, The News Tribune reported.
In the felony harassment charge, Hecht, 58, is accused of threatening to kill a 24-year-old man on Aug. 30, shortly after Hecht was elected. The man says Hecht paid him for sex several years ago.
In the misdemeanor charge, the judge is accused of paying a 20-year-old man for sex on numerous occasions between last summer and January.
May 11, 2009
HOUSTON - A disgraced federal judge in Texas has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for lying about whether he sexually abused his secretary.U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent (pictured left) was sentenced to 33 months Monday. He also was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $6,550 in restitution to the two women whose complaints resulted in the first sex abuse case against a sitting federal judge.
Kent could have received up to 20 years in prison after admitting to obstruction of justice, but prosecutors said they wouldn't seek more than three years under a plea agreement.
February 23, 2009
Federal judge, Samuel Kent pleaded guilty Monday to lying to investigators about sexually abusing his secretary in exchange for prosecutors dropping five sex-crime charges alleging he groped two women. U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent also retired Monday, effective immediately, possibly avoiding impeachment by Congress. Kent's guilty plea to an obstruction of justice charge came as jury selection in his trial was set to begin. According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will seek no more than three years in prison for Kent when he is sentenced on May 11. Obstruction, a felony, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The jurist, who once shouted in court that he would bring "hordes of witnesses" in his defense, spoke barely above a whisper as he pleaded guilty to lying to a judicial committee investigating the sex-related charges.
Kent had vigorously maintained his innocence. His attorney, Dick DeGuerin had said the judge's conduct with the two women was mutual and consensual. Prosecutors had said they would present evidence showing there was nothing consensual about what Kent did with the two women, Cathy McBroom, his former case manager, and Donna Wilkerson, the judge's current secretary.
Corrupt Justice does not normally name alleged victims of sexual abuse, but McBroom's attorney and her family have used her name in publicly discussing the case. Wilkerson appeared outside the federal courthouse with her lawyer, who used her name to reporters. Both women were in the courtroom as Kent entered his guilty plea.
A trial would have been embarrassing and difficult for all involved. Kent, 59, (appointed by President George H.W. Bush) had been facing six charges involving two women - five related to federal sex crimes and the obstruction charge. Kent was the first federal judge charged with a sex crime and would have been one of only a handful to be tried. He told the presiding judge that he was taking medication for depression and anxiety as well as diabetes and was under the care of both a psychiatrist and a psychologist. If he had been convicted of the most serious federal sex crimes charges against him, Kent could have received a sentence of up to life in prison.
Authorities first investigated Kent after McBroom filed a complaint against him in May 2007 and the Judicial Council of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals began a probe. McBroom accused Kent of harassing her over a four-year period, culminating in March 2007, when she said the judge pulled up her blouse and bra and tried to escalate contact until they were interrupted.
The judicial council suspended Kent in September 2007 for four months with pay but didn't detail the allegations against him. It also transferred him to Houston, 50 miles northwest of Galveston, where he had worked since being appointed in 1990. A Justice Department investigation of McBroom's claims led to Kent's indictment in August on three federal sex charges. Last month, prosecutors added two more sex charges and the obstruction charge, accusing Kent of trying to engage his secretary in a sex act and then lying about it to the judicial council. DeGuerin had said Kent and his secretary were involved in a longtime affair and he didn't reveal it to the judicial council because he was being a "gentleman."
September 5, 2007
Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas (pictured left) periodically removed prisoners from Mobile County Metro Jail and spanked them in a room at the courthouse, according to allegations made public by courthouse sources. Once inside the room, according to the sources, the judge would ask the young men to drop their pants and prepare to be spanked with what they described as a wooden or fraternity-like paddle. When contacted by telephone by media sources and asked about the alleged spanking episodes, Thomas simply said, "This is news to me. I don't have any comment."
According to sources, between a half-dozen and a dozen young men have shared their accounts with officials. Media sources could not determine whether any of the young men knew each other or knew of the others' allegations. At least one young man has alleged that as a prelude to the paddling, Thomas told him that if he had been spanked when he was a child, he would not have found himself in jail later, according to one of the newspaper's sources. Investigating officials were able to reconcile jail logs noting when Thomas removed the young men from Metro Jail and when he returned them to custody later, sources said.
Not all of the young men making the allegations were in jail when they had their encounters with Thomas, according to the sources. At least one of Thomas' accusers told authorities he was out of Metro Jail when the judge summoned him to the courthouse on a Sunday night. In August 2007, according to sources, a room matching descriptions provided by some of the young men was located just off a corridor that leads to the jury room connected to Thomas' courtroom.
October 02, 2007
Thomas, who has been suspended from the bench since March 2007, sent a two sentence resignation letter to Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb saying, "I have decided to retire and vacate the office of Circuit Judge." A spokesperson for the Administrative Office of the Courts tells News Five Thomas does not have enough years of service to retire, so the Chief Justice accepted his letter as a resignation. He will not receive any retirement pension from the courts.
March 12, 2009
Circuit Judge Joseph "Rusty" Johnston has barred former judicial colleague Herman Thomas from practicing in his courtroom. Citing allegations that Thomas submitted jail inmates to sexual advances after checking them out under his authority, Johnston said Thomas was unfit to practice law.
See: Corrupt Prosecutors & Judges
Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 2:38 pm PDT
Oklahoma -- A former Oklahoma judge who served prison time for using a penis pump while he presided over trials will have his hefty pension yanked for good, a court decided on Tuesday. Ex-judge Donald D. Thompson (pictured above, center) had filed two appeals to have his retirement payments reinstated after they were cut off following a 2006 conviction for indecent exposure and other felony charges, The Oklahoman reported. Thompson was caught using the sex enhancement device under his robe while he served on the bench as a Cook County judge in 2004 and served 20 months in jail following his conviction.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously upheld Tuesday a lower court's decision that Thompson should lose his monthly $7,789 pension check because his pervy behavior violated his judicial oath. "Court reporters observed the felonious exposure of Mr. Thompson's private parts, and testified to the fact during the criminal trial," Judge James Winchester said in the ruling, according to the local newspaper.
"That trial resulted in conviction of felonies. Those felonies violated Mr. Thompson's oath of office," the judge said. Thompson was a district judge in Creek County from 1982 to August 2004. He will still receive retirement benefits from his stint as a state legislator from 1974 to 1980, the newspaper said.
Judge Penis Pump Arrested for 2nd DUI!
March 19, 2010
Aug. 8, 2006
BRISTOW, Okla. (Aug. 8, 2006) - Former Oklahoma judge Donald Thompson (pictured left) was sent to prison for four years Friday for exposing himself by using a sexual device while presiding over jury trials. Special Judge C. Allen McCall also ordered that Thompson, 59, pay a $40,000 fine. Thompson was convicted on June 29, 2006 on four felony counts of indecent exposure for incidents that took place in his court room in Creek County.
McCall denied motions by Thompson's attorneys to either suspend the sentence or to let Thompson serve prison time on the four counts concurrently, which would have meant Thompson would serve only one year of prison time. "This is not just a one-time incident, this is a continuing series of offenses," McCall said during the sentencing hearing. McCall, who usually sits on the bench in Comanche County, said he did not believe the accusations against Thompson were fabricated, as Thompson had claimed.
"People who are out to get a judge find an opponent. They don't concoct a story, especially one this bizarre," McCall said.
Thompson showed no reaction when he was sentenced. McCall denied a defense motion that Thompson be allowed to remain free pending an appeal, despite assurances from Thompson's wife, Paula, and older brother, Jim Thompson of Bristow, that Donald Thompson was not a flight threat. Jim Thompson said his brother was "someone you're proud to walk down the street with."
Thompson served as a state legislator and spent almost 23 years on the bench before he retired in 2004. His former court reporter, Lisa Foster, testified at his trial that she saw Thompson expose himself during trials at least 15 times between 2001 and 2003. Prosecutors said he used a device known as a penis pump during four trials between 2002 and 2003. Thompson, a married father of three grown children, testified that the penis pump was given to him as a joke by a longtime hunting and fishing buddy. "It wasn't something I was hiding," he said. He said he may have absentmindedly squeezed the pump's handle during court cases but never used it to masturbate.
Foster told authorities that she saw Thompson use the device (pictured left) almost daily during the August 2003 murder trial of a man accused of shaking a toddler to death. A whooshing sound could be heard on Foster's audiotape of the trial. When jurors asked the judge about the sound, Thompson said he hadn't heard it but would listen for it.
Police built a case against the judge after a police officer testifying in a 2003 murder trial saw a piece of plastic tubing disappear under Thompson's robe. During a lunch break, officers took photographs of the pump under the desk. Investigators later checked the carpet, Thompson's robes and the chair behind the bench and found semen, according to court records.
Prosecutor Richard Smothermon said McCall handed down a proper sentence. "I thought the judge did the right thing," Smothermon said. "He treated this defendant the same as every other defendant in Oklahoma. "Any sex crime is a serious crime. People with sexual deviances are a danger to society."
Defense attorney Clark Brewster said there were grounds for appeal. "There was repeated, persistent error throughout the trial," he said. He said Thompson should have been freed pending appeal. "If this guy is denied bail, then who ever gets bail?" he asked.
Brewster said he'll ask the state Court of Criminal Appeals early next week to overturn McCall's decision not to allow Thompson to remain free during the appeals process. Thompson's attorneys have 10 days to file notice of an appeal of the verdict with that court and 30 days to file the actual appeal.
The office of state Attorney General Drew Edmondson would handle any appeal, said Smothermon, the district attorney for Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties, who was specially appointed to prosecute the case.
A presentencing report prepared by Carmelia Brossett, a senior probation officer for the state Department of Corrections, said Thompson refused to undergo psychosexual testing and that "Thompson's denial of the offense would likely present difficulty, if not inability for treatment providers to provide meaningful and beneficial sex-offender treatment."
Brossett recommended Thompson (pictured left) serve a prison term of an unspecified length. The jury that convicted Thompson recommended that he sentenced to a year in jail for each of the four felonies. In the presentencing report, Foster said that in her 15 years of working with Thompson, she could not recall him ever changing a jury's verdict.
"He voiced to me on more than one occasion that 12 people's opinions were better than one," she said in the report. "He always sentenced in accordance with the jury's verdict. I believe he should be held to his own standard. I believe that this jury wanted Don Thompson to serve four years in the state penitentiary, and I agree."
Update December 4, 2008 - Donald Thompson was released from prison in April . On early December 4, 2008 he was arrested in Tulsa County on a complaint of driving under the influence. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested 62-year-old Donald Thompson, who served a 20-month prison term after being convicted of four counts of indecent exposure.
The case against Thompson, a judge for 22 years, claimed that he exposed himself by using a penis pump to masturbate during four trials between 2001 and 2003. Ultimately he was sentenced to serve four consecutive one-year terms, along with being fined $40,000. He began serving his prison term on Aug. 18, 2006, the same day he was formally sentenced. Thompson was released early, on April 29, 2008 as the result of good-behavior credits normally given by the Department of Corrections. He was forced to register as a sex offender after the convictions and was disbarred by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in September.
Sexually Offensive Judges
• Perverted Judges! - Part I
• Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
• Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
• Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation
• Corrupt Judges & Prosecutors
• Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
• Corrupt Judges! - Part II
• Judges of the Regents of the University of California
Judges of Interest
• James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
• Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
• Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
• Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
• David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
• John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
• Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
• Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt