Friday, June 30, 2006

A Stiff One For Ex-Judge?

Former Oklahoma state judge Donald Thompson was convicted on June 29 of four counts of indecent exposure. Apparently, Thompson wasn't just exercising his discretion during court proceedings. According to his court reporter, she saw him expose himself several times and traced an unfamiliar "sh-sh" sound during proceedings to the judge. A police officer eventually noticed a penis pump in the courtroom. The conduct was alleged to have occured during four different trials.

The jury didn't recommend the stiffest penalty available. It recommended 1 year jail and $10,000 fine for each count. The offense also requires Thompson to register as a sex offender. Formal sentencing is set for August.

Thompson had also been charged with misuse of a state computer for allegedly keeping explicit photos of himself on his office computer. The probable cause affidavit is available online.

I can't help but think of the scene in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery where Austin is struggling to disclaim association with the penis enlarging pump that was in his property box. I wonder if Thomas will be signing the pump out of evidence when he gets out of jail. And, I hope there weren't any errant "Ya Baby!" comments from the bench during any of these trials.

News link:
Ex-Judge Convicted of Indecent Exposure
Court TV coverage

1 Comments:

At July 01, 2006 6:16 PM, Blogger Anonymous Law Student said...

Hopefully this sentence doesn't impose too much of a.....harship...on the judge. Hahahaha I have the humor of a fourth grader.

 

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