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Sounds Like a Possible Bush Judicial Nominee

I swear I'm not making this up.

"OKLAHOMA CITY - Jurors and others in Judge Donald Thompson's courtroom kept hearing a strange whooshing noise, like a bicycle pump or maybe a blood pressure cuff. During one trial, Thompson seemed so distracted that some jurors thought he was playing a hand-held video game or tying fly-fishing lures behind the bench.The explanation, investigators say, is even stranger than some imagined: The judge had a habit of masturbating with a penis pump under his robe during trials."

OK, stop laughing. "The trials during which he allegedly used the pump included murder cases as well as a libel suit in which a jury ordered the company that publishes The Oklahoman, a Web site and a TV station to pay $3.7 million."

He seems to have been fairly prolific with the device, "Thompson's court reporter, Lisa Foster, told authorities that she saw him use the pump at least 10 times during trials. She said the first time in court was in 2000, but she did not tell authorities. "I didn't want to be found dead in a ditch somewhere," she told The Associated Press.Foster told authorities she saw Thompson use the device almost daily during the August 2003 murder trial of Kevin Vomberg, a man accused of shaking a toddler to death. The case ended in a hung jury. The whooshing sound could be heard on Foster's audiotape of the trial."

He was always kinda quiet, kept to himself, "I always thought he was an excellent trial judge," said Don I. Nelson, who tried more than 40 cases before Thompson as the prosecutor assigned to his court.Nelson handled a murder trial during which authorities say Thompson used the pump. The jury ended up convicting the defendant on the lesser charge of manslaughter."I never heard anything that was going on," Nelson said. "I was completely shocked and couldn't believe it."


At 2/13/2005 05:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Judicial Activism on Steriods or "Right-wing Judges Continue to Hand-down Tyrannical Decisions from the Bench"

Neither side has a monopoly on tyrannical judges or judges that misbehave, for this is a character flaw not an ideology. I give you Judge Donald L. Graham, who is 1992 H.W. Bush appointee, presumably a conservative. Judge Graham is by any measure, a rogue federal judge out of control that does neither side any good. Hopefully Judge Graham is an aberration and does not reflect the status quo of the federal bench.

I found some interesting links which will conclusively prove that the present system of judicial discipline is a joke. These links describe a well-known problem that needs to be addressed. There is no "judicial discipline" with respect to the federal judiciary and that is a terrible mistake. "Absolute power corrupts." Every other branch of government is subject to some type of discipline except federal judges.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who recently appointed a six member commission to study judicial discipline, knows full well that complaints of judicial misconduct are routinely dismissed and NEVER acted on, no matter how bad the alleged and proven misconduct is. Moreover, complaints [section 372(c)] are kept in total secret. Additionally, complaints of judicial misconduct lodged through the appellate process are ignored as well. Judges, or law clerks, give themselves permission not to publish cases, consequently acts of misconduct never reach the light of day. There is no effective way to discipline a rogue federal judge and everybody in the legal profession is keenly aware of this fact. If you want to see how bad the current system is, then read the links provided below. These links will demonstrate every thing that is wrong with the current system. Congressman Sensebrenner and his committee should look into this matter.

For really outrageous behavior, read the links below and the documents referenced by the links. Download the documents and save them.

These links generally discuss the misconduct of Judge Donald L. Graham
http://donaldlgraham.blogspot.comhttp://secretlaw.comhttp://secretlaw.com/NewComplaint/HelpLetters/ContemptAbuse.htmlThese links discuss the efforts of the US Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit to conceal the misconduct.



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