This is one piece of evidence you don't want to handle
Perhaps former Judge Donald Thompson needed to “prime the pump” to stay alert during those two murder trials.
Jurors hearing the case against a former judge accused of exposing himself in his Creek County courtroom will be allowed to see the sex toy at the center of the state’s allegations, a judge ruled Tuesday in rejecting a defense motion.
They also can hear testimony that a second “penis pump” was seen under former District Judge Donald Thompson’s bench, among other evidence Thompson’s attorneys sought to have barred from next week’s scheduled trial.
“It’s so fantastic and so unconnected to factual support, and so prejudicial,” attorney Clark Brewster complained in trying to convince Judge C. Allen McCall to suppress some state evidence. Thompson, 58, who spent more than 20 years on the bench before stepping down more than a year ago, faces three counts of indecent exposure.
Prosecutors allege he masturbated with a penis pump under his robe while presiding over two murder trials and a civil trial in 2003. Thompson denies the allegations and said the penis pump seized in the case was a gag gift from a friend.
Brewster argued that the state should be prevented from submitting the device as evidence, contending that not only did it not function but that it also was sawed in half while in the state’s custody.
…Tuesday’s hearing offered a glimpse at the lurid details jurors can expect to consider and even see if the judge decides prosecutors can admit a photo they say will be used by a witness to identify Thompson’s penis.