By now you have read the sordid details of the trial of former Creek Co. Judge Donald Thompson, who was accused of indecent exposure and forced to retire. From an archived Jan. 2005 story at ChannelOklahoma.com (link no longer works):
Thompson is accused of using a device called a "penis pump" (link NSFW) during two murder trials in 2003.
Jurors in the murder trial of Kurt Vomberg said they heard what sounded like a bicycle pump or blood-pressure pump.
Court reporter Lisa Foster told authorities she saw Thompson attach and use the device almost daily during that trial, and that the sounds can be heard on the audiotape she made, the affidavit states.
Vomberg was charged in a toddler's shaking death. Jurors deadlocked, leading to a mistrial. Vomberg later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received a 35-year prison term.
Foster told an investigator she made notations when she witnessed Thompson using the penis pump during that trial and another first-degree-murder trial in August 2003 for Paulette Sue Moss, who was convicted of manslaughter for killing a friend and sentenced to four years in prison.
Sapulpa police Sgt. Michael Reed told investigators that he found the device under Thompson's bench during a break in the trial. Minutes earlier, from the witness stand, Reed turned toward the judge after hearing a pumping noise and saw a tube running beneath the judge's robe, the affidavit states.
The third charge stems from Thompson's behavior during a September 2003 trial involving a civil lawsuit against The Oklahoma Publishing Co.
Thompson's court reporter for that trial will testify that she saw Thompson masturbate with his hand, the affidavit states.
The charges come after a four-month investigation by Smothermon's office, which was assigned the case after Creek County District Attorney Max Cook recused himself. Smothermon is district attorney for Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties.
Thompson announced his retirement in August after Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed a petition seeking his ouster from office.
The petition accused Thompson of using the penis pump while presiding over trials and of other improper sexual acts.
One word: Eeewwww. There is a time and place for everything, and I would guess that most folks would consider the judicial bench to be *ahem* a HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE place for this sort of behavior. Judge Thompson's indecent exposure trial commenced earlier this month in Bristow, Oklahoma.