Spanking Judge Resigns

Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas resigned yesterday, presumably reducing to zero the number of Alabama judges who regularly remove young male inmates from their cells for spankings. Thomas was facing 30 charges of ethics violations and waiting on a report from the Judicial Inquiry Commission that could have, but did not, include additional charges.

Those charges ranged from allegations that Thomas unduly helped his friends or family members with their legal troubles to literally changing the legal status or reducing sentences of convicted criminals after other judges on the 13th Judicial Circuit had already sentenced them…

…In yet another round of allegations apparently sent to the Inquiry Commission earlier this summer — and, according to sources, part of an ongoing criminal investigation of Thomas — he is accused of having routinely checked young male inmates out of the Mobile County Metro Jail, taken them to an office at the courthouse at Government Plaza and spanked some of them with a paddle…

…The Press-Register has reported that four men signed affidavits as part of a federal suit alleging that Thomas tried to initiate sexual encounters with them and threatened them with retaliation in their criminal cases if they refused.

This is no great loss to the bench. It’s not clear whether the Commission will continue to pursue its charges against Thomas, but Mobile DA John Tyson said the resignation will have no effect on his office’s ongoing investigation. A committee will submit three names to Gov. Riley as possible replacements. I don’t see how they could do worse, but it might be good to check the candidates for paddles.

H/T, Danny

4 Responses to “Spanking Judge Resigns”

  1. anna says:


    Spanked them? Um, he sounds a bit freaky to say the least.

    What an abuse of power. But I’m seeing a lot of that lately.

    Spanked them. Dang.

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  3. Bill says:

    Judge Thomas is not an S&M oriented pervert. He has never been an S&M oriented pervert. Oh, woops, he’s just using some good old Chrsitian (non-domestic) discipline.

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