MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Fox10 News Anchor Bob Grip interviewed former Circuit CourtJudge Herman Thomas Monday morning. During the interview, Thomassays he never paddled any inmate or prisoner and he swore to it onthe Bible.
Thomas was arrested and indicted of kidnapping, sodomy, sexabuse, extortion and ethics violations in March of 2009. He wastried on a total of 21 counts.
In October, a jury found Thomas not guilty on seven counts, butit could not reach a verdict on the other 14. Judge ClaudNeilson acquitted Thomas on the remaining charges.
Since then Thomas has kept a pretty low profile, that is untillast week, when he announced he was running for the District 33Senate seat.
When asked if he was running for the Senate seat now held byVivian Davis Figures as an act of revenge, Thomas said he "wasn'trunning against her." He said he had some things he wanted toaccomplish and he thought the best way was in office.
Senator Figures testified at Thomas' trial. She said she had aconversation with Thomas about disciplining her son. She saidshe gave Thomas permission to discipline him. In Monday'sinterview, Thomas denied that conversation ever happened.
We asked Senator Figures for an interview, but she declinedsaying she wanted to "stay focused on the current legislativesession."
You can watch the interview with Herman Thomas in its entiretyby clicking on play in the video window to your upperleft.
The interview lasts 24 minutes.
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