Two women “distributing pamphlets and flyers opposing” Pres. Obama’s health care plan “were squirted with purple paint by a woman who didn’t agree with their message” in Clifton, NJ, 10/20. The suspect, “who fled before police arrived,” initially expressed her disagreement after reading the flyers, then “returned a short while later armed with purple acrylic brilliant paint” purchased “at the nearby AC Moore craft store.” The flyers, “the table and a number of clip boards were ruined by the paint” (Sportelli, Clifton Journal, 10/26).
Ex-Mobile Co. Circuit Court Judge Herman Thomas, “who was accused of paddling and sexually abusing young men who were facing jail time,” was “acquitted” 10/26 on all charges “after jurors deadlocked on most of the allegations against him” and a judge ruled he was not guilty of the other charges, citing “lack of evidence.” Prosecutors “had argued that Thomas paddled” with a “wooden fraternity paddle” or “spanked with a belt 11 young men for sexual gratification and, in exchange, showed them leniency.”
Thomas “cried and hugged” his attys after the ruling, but did not comment as he left the courthouse. Defense atty Robert “Cowboy Bob” Clark: “The right verdict — I told you, didn’t I?” (Sayre, Mobile Press-Register, 10/27).