A Prelude to Spanking:
Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas periodically removed prisoners from Mobile County Metro Jail and spanked them in a room at the courthouse.
A huge desk dominated the room, and behind it was a well-worn leather chair with a high back. Just to the right was an adjustable secretary's chair, its seat cranked down low, about a foot from the floor.
Once inside the room, according to the sources, the judge would ask the young men to drop their pants and prepare to be spanked with what they described as a wooden or fraternity-like paddle.
At least one young man has alleged that as a prelude to the paddling, Thomas told him that if he had been spanked when he was a child, he would not have found himself in jail later.
Former judge Herman Thomas has been disbarred by the Alabama Bar Association.