Former Mobile County Judge Herman Thomas arrested

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Thomas was arrested Friday afternoon after being indicted by a grand jury on 57 felony counts.

Thomas resigned from the bench in 2007 amid allegations that he
took over other judges' cases without their knowledge, checked
inmates out of jail and paddled them, and involved himself in cases
where he had personal connections.

Bail for Thomas was set at $250,000.

His attorney, Robert Clark, said Thomas was the only black on
the Mobile County bench and the charges were the result of racism.

Details on the indictment were not immediately available.

Information from: Press-Register,

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