MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - UPDATE: The Alabama Bar Association has disbarredformer judge Herman Thomas. The decision happened this afternoon inDowntown Mobile, after a hearing on ethics charges against Thomas.
10:58 a.m. Herman Thomas arrived GovernmentPlaza's Ceremonial Courtroom Monday morning for a confidentialhearing with the Alabama Bar Association.
Thomas did not say anything when asked about the hearing, orwhether he would waive a motion to allow the media inside to coverthe proceedings.
However, Thomas' attorney Bob Clark did have a comment.
"Got a flag we'll waive it. Other than that we're not waivinganything," said Clark.
The hearing is expected to get underway at 10:00.
"The process allows for witnesses and exhibits, examination andcross examination and arguments of counsel," said Tony McLain withthe Alabama Bar Association.
Monday morning, a young black male who said he was subpoenaed tothe hearing identified himself as a defendant in Thomas'courtroom.
"I was sentenced by Thomas," he said.
During the trial, all of the alleged accusers were young blackmen who accused Thomas of paddling them in exchange forleniency.
The hearing could last all day, or longer.
"The decision can be but is not required to be made immediatelyfollowing the hearing. The charges are not public information atthis time," said McLain.
Thomas was acquitted in a criminal case of paddling inmates inOctober of 2009.
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