Judge acquitted in sex case may seek office

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas plans a news conference Wednesday to announce whether he'll seek a state Senate seat.

The seat is held by Vivian Davis Figures, who testified for the prosecution last year in Thomas' trial on charges of paddling and sexually abusing inmates. Her son was one of the men prosecutors accused Thomas of victimizing.

The district covers Prichard and north Mobile.

At the trial, several young men testified that Thomas told them to pull down their pants for a whipping or go back to jail. Thomas' defense team challenged the credibility of the witnesses based on their criminal records.

The Press-Register reports that Thomas' attorney, "Cowboy Bob" Clark, says spite is not the former judge's motive for running.

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