It must be rough to go to prison for indecent exposure as a sitting judge. We're guessing it's enough to drive one to drink.
Former Oklahoma judge Donald Thompson, 62, was released from prison in April after serving 20 months for his conviction only to find himself behind bars in the chokey, according to a story in the Tulsa World. Thompson was recently arrested on a DUI complaint by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
According to the story, a trooper found Thompson's car pulled over to the shoulder on the Creek Turnpike near Elwood Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., with his former honor sitting inside. The story said the car also had damage and a flat tire on the driver's side. It was then that the trooper made contact with the occupant.
According to the World, the trooper reported Thompson had a bit of the old slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and strong smell of alcohol on his breath. The story states that a subsequent breath test confirmed Thompson had an blood-alcohol level of 0.11, beyond the legal limit of .08.
The story said Thompson was booked into the Tulsa Jail around 5:30 a.m. and released shortly before 11 a.m. on $1,000 bond.
For those just arriving from another planet after many years in space, Thompson was convicted in 2006 of indecent exposure. Prosecutors claimed he used a penis pump while sitting on the bench during four trials.
Thompson always refused that he actually masturbated, despite damning testimony and DNA proof. He maintains the pump was given to him as a gag gift for his 50th birthday.
Following his early release from a four-year prison term, he is reportedly now a registered sex offender and was disbarred in September by the Oklahoma State Supreme Court.
That, and his car had a flat, too. Where's a good pump when you need it?
Thompson's attorney, Clark Brewster, told the World he plans to meet with the judge to discuss the latest go-round.
"If that's correct (that Thompson was driving under the influence), it's wholly unacceptable conduct," Brewster said. "We would certainly find no grounds to condone that. On the other hand, I would say that this gentleman has been through the greatest stress and anxiety and depression I've ever seen inflicted on any human being, and I know it's been difficult to cope with that."