DA won't appeal acquittal of AL judge in sex case

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A prosecutor has decided not to challenge the acquittal of former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas on charges accusing him of paddling and sexually abusing inmates.

Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson had initially planned to appeal the outcome because three jurors expressed concerns about the jury verdicts announced in court on Monday. Tyson said Thursday the three refused to signs affidavits, and the case is over.

The district attorney congratulated Thomas and his legal staff and said it's time for Mobile to heal. The jury in Thomas' trial found him not guilty of seven charges Monday and couldn't reach a verdict on the remaining 14.

The trial judge, Claud Neilson, immediately tossed out the remaining charges due to lack of evidence.

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