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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 01:31 pm
"The actions of Judge Thompson's in using a penis pump during a trial where court personnel, witnesses, and juries could either see or hear his actions at the least, constitutes conduct against good morals."

As the Romans would say, "res ipsa loquitur."
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 01:41 pm
Shocked Time for Judge Thompson to retire.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 01:48 pm
As Sammy Davis Jr. would say "Here come de judge."
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 01:53 pm
Very Happy and as Thomas Jefferson would observe:

nine old men who never retire and seldom die. (Supreme court justices)

Joe, exactly who is this Judge Thompson? Local, district, state?
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:06 pm
Well, it's certainly nice to see someone take such pleasure in his work.

Letty wrote:
Joe, exactly who is this Judge Thompson? Local, district, state?


He's a state trial court judge. For now.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:07 pm
Gee, Joe, you should check out San Juan County NM's former Judge Ben Eastburn.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:09 pm
According to USToday, he's a district judge.

Is that the same position, Joe?
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:09 pm
What happened to him, Rog?
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:11 pm
After a brief but lurid time on the bench, he was removed from office - too late, most would say.
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:15 pm
Wow. He must have been something else. Very difficult to remove a sitting judge.

Walter, I'm gonna check out that link.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:16 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:
According to USToday, he's a district judge.

Is that the same position, Joe?

Yes. Different states call their trial courts by different names. In Oklahoma, the trial courts are district courts.

In Illinois, district courts are appellate level courts and circuit courts are trial courts. In the federal system it's the reverse: district courts are trial courts and circuit courts are appellate courts. Other states call their trial courts "superior courts" (e.g. California) or "courts of common pleas" (Pennsylvania) or even "supreme courts" (New York). It's all very confusing.

The one common element for all courts: using a sexual enhancement device during a trial is not considered appropriate behavior for a judge. Not even in Oklahoma.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:17 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:


Is that the same position, Joe?


Found the answer, Joe :wink:

Quote:
Judge to fight for job

2004-06-25
By John Greiner
The Oklahoman


A Sapulpa District Judge accused of improper conduct involving sexual acts in the courtroom will fight attempts to remove him, his attorney said Thursday.

District Judge Donald D. Thompson has read the attorney general's petition seeking his removal, "and the facts are just untrue," said Clark Brewster, a Tulsa attorney representing Thompson.

During an investigation of allegations, Thompson was given the opportunity to resign but refused, Brewster said.

The trial division of the state Court on the Judiciary on Thursday set a Sept. 20 trial date for Thompson.


The court has the power to remove a judge from office.

State Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed the petition Wednesday with the state Court on the Judiciary.

The petition alleged Thompson masturbated in view of his court reporter during a number of court proceedings. It also alleged he used a "penis pump" during trial where his court reporter and other court personnel, witnesses and juries could either see or hear.


"It was gag gift given to him on his 50th birthday," Brewster said of the penis pump. "A couple of police officers upset with rulings he made tried to make it something it was not.

"He's not going to tolerate these falsehoods."

Sapulpa police officers would not comment Thursday.

Brewster said the motivations behind these allegations "aren't pure and are calculated to take the courthouse over."

He did not elaborate.

Ironically, Thompson is a member of the appellate division of the state Court on the Judiciary that hears appeals of actions taken against judges by the trial division.


The attorney general said Thompson violated the code of judicial ethics that requires high standards of conduct, promoting public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and performing duties impartially and diligently including the requirement to be dignified to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers and others.

He said Thompson also committed an offense involving moral turpitude.

A key witness in this removal action is Lisa K. Foster, a court reporter for Thompson for 15 years.

She told investigators she witnessed the judge's sexual behavior "15 to 20 times." She was fired after the judge heard she had cooperated with an investigation into his activities, Edmondson said.

Fired on the same day by Thompson was Zelma Hindman, the judge's secretary, who also talked to investigators, Edmondson said.
Source
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:17 pm
The 'Wait'll next year' Kid wrote:
The one common element for all courts: using a sexual enhancement device during a trial is not considered appropriate behavior for a judge. Not even in Oklahoma.


What about West Virginia?
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:25 pm
Ah,me, Setanta. Why does West Virginia always get such a bad rap.

In Virginia, the district court at Wytheville is for trying Federal offenses. I sat on the jury there involving the OEO and a man who had been fired from a coal company because he was (as he proposed) a snake handler, and it was all based on the fact that folks can't be fired based upon their religious beliefs. I hate jury duty. It's difficult.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 02:34 pm
Setanta wrote:
What about West Virginia?

Well, as always, we have to assume that these general rules don't apply in Louisiana. Not so sure about West Virginia.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 03:02 pm
West Virginia only gets a bad rap because there are too few teeth and kinfolk to go around.
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2004 03:07 pm
Brat! Smile
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