Former Creek County judge disbarred

By | September 24, 2008

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred Donald D. Thompson, a former Creek County district judge whose conduct the court said “displayed a complete abdication of judgment.”

Thompson “stands convicted of crimes that demonstrate his unfitness to practice law,” the order states.

“His criminal behavior is not only socially unacceptable, but is an affront to the judicial branch of government and the legal profession.

“Such conduct can do nothing other than to undermine public confidence and trust in the dignity and integrity of the judiciary and the legal profession,” the order continued.

A jury convicted Thompson on June 29, 2006, of four counts of indecent exposure after a trial in Bristow. Prosecutors said Thompson exposed himself and used a penis pump to masturbate during four Creek County trials.

The high court’s order noted that the conduct was not isolated but occurred over a fairly lengthy period of time. A jury set Thompson’s sentence at one year in prison per charge and fines totaling $40,000. He was released from prison this year after serving 20 months.- tul

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