As a southerner, I vigorously defend my part of the nation and our culture against anyone that would speak ill of it. Having said that, Herman Thomas is not a person that should be endorsed.
The 48-year-old former circuit judge has formally been accused of having sex with several male inmates within Alabama’s prison sentence in exchange for leniency.
Once the Democratic Party’s number one choice to be the first Black federal judge in the state of Alabama, Thomas is also facing charges of sodomy, kidnapping, extortion, sex abuse, and assault in a case that he has deemed as nothing more than a politically motivated “high-tech lynching.”
The case against the former judge has been nearly two years in the making after several prisoners revealed candid accounts about what actually went on in Herman’s chambers.
15 current and former prisoners are set to testify against the long-time judge at the trial.
Herman adamantly reaffirms his innocence, leaving lawyer Robert Clark to give the “actual” reason behind the fiasco.
“They didn’t like uppity Black folks,” said Clark, “and that’s what they consider Herman.”
Court records indicate that several inmates involved in the case were checked out of jail for meetings with former Judge Thomas, all of which took place in either his car or office.
Thomas maintain that he was merely mentoring the inmates.
The trial is set to last several weeks. If convicted of the charges, he could serve life in prison.