Skip to comments.Porn use by judge alleged
Posted on 07/09/2004 1:05:21 PM PDT by buffyt
Howard Conyers, the administrative director of the courts, confirmed Thursday that the pictures and e-mail were found on a computer issued to District Judge Donald D. Thompson.
The pictures, shown to reporters, include a man holding his penis and what appears to be a woman performing oral sex on a man. None of the people was identified.
The computer's directory indicates that the pictures were placed on the computer Feb. 9, 2002, and modified March 12, 2002.
The Administrative Office of the Courts examined Thompson's computer at the request of The Associated Press, and a review is continuing.
Creek County District Court Clerk Pat Creason said Thursday that Thompson came back to work Tuesday following a two-week, scheduled vacation.
Thompson, through his Tulsa attorney, Clark Brewster, has said the allegations are false. A Sept. 13 trial has been set before the Court on the Judiciary.
The computer pictures are not part of the allegations involved in the ouster attempt.
Brewster said Thursday that he had not seen the pictures but was assured by the judge that the computer contained nothing inappropriate.
"I know for a fact a terminated employee's computer was copied and transferred to the judge's computer so he would have certain forms," Brewster said. "This occurred just before his computer was examined."
In addition, judges deal with many issues in the courtroom, some of which might involve unsavory subjects including lurid topics, Brewster said.
"It may well have been something captured on his computer by virtue of research or a court exhibit," he said.
Conyers recalled one instance in which a person had a valid reason for having pornographic pictures on a computer -- case research.
Information recovered from the computer also included a May 2003 e-mail in which Thompson appears to be conducting personal business involving rental property on the state computer in violation of state policy.
The e-mail also discusses oral sex.
Thompson's former secretary-bailiff, Zelma Hindman, 57, alleged during a June 24 interview with the Tulsa World that the judge had pornogra phy on his state computer.
At that time, however, no state agency had confiscated the computer or viewed its contents.
Hindman, who was hired to work for Thompson in 1999, mentioned an incident before 2003 when the computer system was having problems.
"Some techs came from Oklahoma City to work on them and discovered that (the judge) had been looking at porn on it," she said.
Hindman said one day she also accidentally bumped Thompson's computer, causing its desktop to appear, and "he had an icon on it that was a naked woman."
Hindman and another woman who worked for Thompson have reported seeing him use a penis pump.
Thompson fired Hindman and his court reporter, Lisa Foster, the day after Foster testified to the Council on Judicial Complaints.
Foster said she saw the judge use the penis pump during court sessions in the fall of 2000 after she heard air-pumping noises.
For the next two years, Foster said, she saw the device and the judge's penis on numerous occasions, according to the attorney general's petition for Thompson's removal.
Another court clerk's employee, Dianna Horath Strickland, had herself transferred out of Thompson's court in 2002 after deciding that the working relationship had become too uncomfortable because he had allegedly made a vulgar sexual proposition to her.
She told the Tulsa World on June 24 that during a break in the court docket, the judge asked her into his office, where he inquired about her dating status and made a sexual comment that was like the one in the recovered e-mail.
The three women are represented by attorneys Renee Williams and Stephen Andrew.
Andrew said Thursday that what their "clients are saying is coming full circle. They are telling the truth and have no reason to lie."
Since this clown is so bored with his job, firing him would be doing him and society a favor.
I can't believe people are taking up for this guy, even now.
When my mother was taking up for the guy, I should have asked her if she would still feel that way if he had been her boss when she worked at that same court house. What if he had been doing that under his desk, while all the women who worked in her office were there in the same room. I can't believe people talk like this is OK, like sex with interns in Oval Office?????
Thanks for the ping!
She is a DEMOCRAT and they just think everything is fine so long as it is a DEMOCRAT...
My nephew was there in Aug. of last year, during a murder trial. He works for the DHS and they were trying to get custody of children from I suppose the person who was on trial. He saw the judge all humped over the bench, with his hands and arms moving rapidly and wildly under the bench, under his robe. Then the judge fell alseep! My nephew asked WHAT he was doing, and he was informed that the judge was playing with a GAME BOY! (which is not allowed either!). Some GAME BOY!
Maybe he was just doing historical research on the previous administration.
Bored is when you whip out a straw and bounce peas off an atty's forehead, or use your gavel to tiddly wink malted milk balls into the jury box.
Now, my nephew, although he is also a Democrat, is wondering if he should have spoken up more, against the judge.... So far he is the ONLY Democrat who is talking that way. But he saw the judge "in action". I don't know why he didn't speak up back then when he saw this, my nephew is 29 years old, not a kid. Maybe they are all just in shock. It is a very small town and everyone knows everyone else. The judge has been known for YEARS to have chased after women, even though he is married. One gal moved out of town because he was showing up where she worked and she was afraid of him, she was NOT interested in his attention. It has been widely known for years that he chases women all the time.
EXACTLY!!!! I can't believe so many people I know are taking up for him with the "bored" excuse. I also can't believe he showed up for work Tuesday. He was stopped last weekend in Glennpool Ok for driving with defective lights, no license, no insurance..... We are wondering how many hundreds of people in jail are going to ask for a new trial, since the judge was not paying attention, since 2000!!!!! What took so d*mn long???? No one wanted to spek up. The first two who did were fired.
Well, since this has been going on since 2000, ( there are 16 witnesses, two of them are cops ) maybe he did get his inspiration from Bubba Clinton. Who still LEADS the DNC. The judge says the pumps were gag gifts for his 50th birthday, SEVEN YEARS AGO. But they were still there under his bench? Several eye witnesses saw him take his private member out, oil, lotion, shave that area. Many people have reported hearing a swish swish sound like a blood pressure machine pumping up. You can look up penis pump on google.com. IF he never used the pumps, then there won't be any organic matter in them.....
Perhaps President Kerry will nominate this guy for the Supreme Court.
No thanks, I'm all ready pushing the limit by being on FR during work hours.
I'd likely get a Zot from our IT Management.
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