Friday, June 30, 2006

Sick Judge...Found Guilty!!

Sick ass Judge...

Police chief, detective testify at judges trial
Sapulpa Police Chief Jim Wall and Capt. Mike Reed testified Tuesday they heard what they believed to be a penis pump while in Donald Thompsons Sapulpa courtroom in 2002.

BRISTOW Jurors received their first look Tuesday at one of the infamous penis pumps former judge Donald Thompson allegedly used while conducting court during 2002 and 2003.The pump was introduced into evidence after Russell Hubbard, investigator for Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon, said he found the device in a locked filing cabinet allegedly owned by Thompson. Defense attorney Clark Brewster challenged the introduction of the pump, claiming there was no clear or convincing proof the sex toy actually belonged to Thompson.Hubbard said he found the pump in the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet in the chambers Thompson occupied in the Creek County Courthouse in Sapulpa for 24 years.The device consisted of a clear plastic tube connected to a flexible plastic hose and a hand-actuated pump with a pressure gage.The plastic tube had been cut in half apparently by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation lab technicians who conducted DNA tests on the device.In an effort to prove the file cabinet belonged to the judge, Hubbard testified the pump was found among papers and documents belonging to Thompson, including utility bills from OG&E. Special prosecutor Patricia High called Sapulpa police Capt. Mike Reed as her first witness.Reed is credited with starting the investigation that led to Thompsons resignation and the indecent exposure charges filed by the state in January 2005.Reed said he was testifying in the first-degree murder trial of Paula S. Moss when he first detected the sh-sh sound coming from Thompsons bench.Reed said heard the sounds during a two-hour video of the interview of the murder defendant.The detective said he finally isolated the sound as coming from the judges bench, and he then repositioned himself to get a better view of Thompson and the judges actions.Reed said eventually he saw movement under the judges robe and observed a tube running under the robe.The detective said he told his supervisors Capt. Brant Green, who has since retired from the department, and Chief of Police Jim Wall.Reed said Wall and Green both acknowledged they also had heard the sh-sh sound in the courtroom.Together all three went back to the courtroom during lunch and observed a penis pump on the floor behind the judges bench, Reed said. He took three pictures of the sexual device and did not hear the sound again during the afternoon session of the trial.The detective said he returned to the courtroom again that night and the pump was not there.In cross-examination, Reed was asked why he did not tell of his discovery to Don Nelson, Creek County first assistant district attorney, or another state attorney who was prosecuting the Moss case.Brewster said it seemed proper to tell Nelson or Assistant District Attorney Carol Iski there was a problem that might have a serious impact on the trial.But High objected, and Reed was not required to answer the question.Wall testified there had been rumors weeks earlier the judge had a penis pump in the courtroom. Wall said no one had checked out the story until Reed heard the sounds during the Moss trial.Wall said at one point he and Reed made eye contact and that confirmed in his mind both were hearing the same sound.Wall said under his orders Reed retrieved a camera from the police department and shot pictures of the pump found under the judges bench.Wall said he kept the disc with the pictures and he really did not know exactly what to do.He said he began seeking advice that weekend from Creek County Sheriff Steve Toliver, Creek County District Judge Joe Sam Vassar and Creek County District Attorney Max Cook.Wall said he also invited Cook to go into Thompsons courtroom, but Cook declined.Wall said the following Monday, he called the Council on Judicial Complaints in Oklahoma City. Wall said he and Thompson had a good professional relationship, and the judge allowed Wall to put up signs of support for passing a bond issue to build a new police headquarters.Brewster also attempted to make points the scheme of the penis pump was part of a plan for the Sapulpa Police Department to get rid of Thompson.Throughout the day, Brewster raised numerous objections and nearly all were overruled by District Judge C. Allen McCall, of Comanche County, who was appointed to preside at the trial.However Brewster created one court-clearing incident and was warned by McCall one more outburst would find the fiery red-haired defense attorney in contempt of court.Brewster found himself in hot water when he raised his voice during the cross-examination of Hubbard.When Hubbard attempted to introduce literature on the operation of the pump, Brewster raised his voice, suddenly stopping the proceedings. McCall asked the jury to step outside the courtroom.Once jurors were out of the courtroom, McCall told Brewster, You will not raise your voice one more time, or I will find you in contempt. McCall then asked if Brewster understood.I think I got the message, Brewster said.Throughout the day Brewster made animated suggestions of his displeasure at the judges rulings such as shaking his head and rolling his eyes.At one point Brewster dropped his head into his hands in seeming disbelief after he lost another challenge.Hubbard said he learned of the locked filing cabinet when Creek County District Judge Douglas Golden left a message there was a locked filing cabinet in his office he believed belonged to Thompson.Brewster began his attack in his opening remarks when he said the charges against Thompson were the fabrication of a scheme by Wall to remove Thompson from office.Brewster said key witnesses Teresa Clee, Lisa Foster and Zelma Hindman jumped on board to get rid of the judge when they thought Thompson would lose his position and they wanted to keep their jobs.Brewster said other than these women, no one ever saw the exposed genitals.Other witnesses testifying for the state included Michelle Smith, who Thompson hired to replace Hindman, and Jan Doolin who also worked for Thompson as court reporter after Foster was terminated.Both Smith and Doolin said they enjoyed working for Thompson and would be happy to be employed by the former judge.When Smith was asked about going back to work for Thompson if given the chance, she said, in an heartbeat.At the start of the trial Tuesday, Smothermon delivered a surprise when he requested that McCall separate a misdemeanor charge of misuse of a state computer from the four felony counts of indecent exposure.Smothermon said so far law officers had been unable to serve a material witness arrest warrant signed by McCall after Angela McClanahan failed to make a court appearance Friday.Sapulpa Police Capt. Jeff Gilliland said High requested assistance from Sapulpa police and Tulsa County deputies to find McClanahan.He said deputies and two officers from Sapulpa accompanied High to a house near Jenks where McClanahan was living.McClanahan was not at the house, but deputies also knew of another residence where she might be located, he said.Gilliland said both McClanahans vehicle and a Jeep belonging to Thompson were parked at the unnamed residence.He said both of the vehicles were inoperative, and the house in question belonged to a man who had done mechanic work on both McClanahans and Thompsons vehicles.When officers arrived, they were met by the resident who told officers that McClanahan had ran out the back door of the house, Gilliland said.He said officers ran to the back of the house, and they could see where the woman had climbed a fence to make her escape into a heavily wooded area.