MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Alabama Bar Association has disbarred former judge HermanThomas. He appeared at a closed-door hearing on charges that heviolated rules of professional misconduct.
Thomas walked out of a courtroom in silence. After he had beendisbarred from the Alabama Bar Association, he would not talk toreporters. But his attorney Robert Clark did.
"Can't come as a big shock to anybody. The only time you getjustice in this world is when you have a jury of 12 people. Hedidn't have a jury," Clark said.
During the disciplinary hearing, Thomas admitted to spankingnearly five young men outside the courtroom.
"He admitted that he would be requested by parents of othercertain young males to paddle them or to spank them as a matter ofcorporal punishment," Tony McLain with Alabama State Bar said.
McLain said Thomas could not remember the names of the youngmen.
Thomas denied spanking inmates, but McLain said the panel foundthat he did.
The former judge has been disbarred for five years. McLain saidit is not common for this happen.
Thomas was acquitted in 2009 of paddling inmates in exchange forleniency in his courtroom. Some of those who testified in Monday'sclosed-door hearing included Senator Vivian Davis Figures and twoinmates who testified at Thomas' trial in 2009.
Mobile District Attorney John Tyson, Jr. expected this, but isnonetheless disappointed.
"It's a very sad day in this county when a former judge loseshis license because of his behavior on the bench," Tyson said.
Thomas now has 42 days to appeal this decision.
Thomas also holds a law license in Florida.
McLain said the Florida Bar Association will be notified thatThomas has been disbarred.
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