Thursday, October 22, 2009

Update on Thomas Trial in Mobile: Kidnapping and Exhortion charges were dropped

According to the Mobile Press-Register, the counts of kidnapping and exhortion have been dropped as the Mobile County prosecution wrapped up their case against the former justice of the Alabama Circuit Court in Mobile.  However, Thomas has another 20 additional charges of assault, sex abuse, sodomy and attempted sodomy. he is facing and could be convicted of if found guilty by the jury.  Sodomy is the only class A felony among the charges, punishable by 10 years to life in prison according to Alabama state law. 

"I'm very happy with what is going to the jury," said Nicki Patterson, Mobile County chief assistant district attorney. "I'm ready to argue those to a jury."
The defense delivered this in their final statements:

"A person who has got a good reputation doesn't turn into some kind of sex predator at night," said attorney Jeff Deen.

The closing arguments of the trial against Herman Thomas begins today and most likely deliberation will began for the jury this weekend to determine whether he is found guilty or not guilty of the remaining 20 charges.

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