AL high court won't lift order against ex-judge

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has denied a request by indicted former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas to overturn a judge's order banning him from practicing law in his courtroom.

The court denied the petition Friday only days after the Alabama State Bar suspended Thomas' license to practice law.

Thomas, who was indicted last week by a grand jury, faces 57 counts of kidnapping, sodomy, sexual abuse, extortion and ethics violations related to his tenure as a judge. He remains free on bond and has not entered a plea.

Thomas has appealed the order suspending his law license.

The State Bar set a hearing April 9 to hear that appeal.

In Friday's order, the Supreme Court upheld Circuit Court Judge Joseph Johnston's order that banned Thomas from practicing law in his courtroom.

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