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March 3, 2021
Court Drops Charges After Judge's Resignation
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A state judicial court has dropped charges against former Mobile Circuit Judge Herman Thomas. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary took the action Wednesday because Thomas resigned.

That made his prosecution on judicial ethics charges moot because the harshest punishment he could have received was removal from office.

Thomas resigned Monday rather than face trial on 30 judicial ethics charges. They include complaints that he helped his cousin manipulate a jail sentence and that he took cases away from other judges in Mobile without their permission. Thomas says he does not believe he violated any canon of judicial ethics, but he left office because it was best for him and his family.

Mobile's presiding circuit judge, Charles Graddick, has ordered all items from Thomas' tenure removed from the courthouse, including his official picture.

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