Embattled judge ticketed for driving with suspended license


Saturday, July 3rd 2004, 11:34 am
By: News On 6


GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) _ A judge who is the subject of an ouster petition faces a July 22 municipal court date here after receiving a traffic ticket for allegedly driving with a suspended license.

Creek County District Judge Donald Thompson was stopped just before 1 a.m. Monday because he was speeding and because one of the tail lights on his car was not working, police Officer Scott McLellan said Friday.

A check of Thompson's license revealed that it had been suspended, police said. McLellan ticketed him for driving while his license was suspended, according to the report filed in the case.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed a petition last week with the state Court on the Judiciary seeking Thompson's removal from office for alleged improper conduct involving sexual acts in the courtroom.

Thompson has said he will fight attempts to remove him from the bench.

Clark Brewster, Thompson's attorney, said the judge told him the insurance on one of his vehicles had lapsed.

The judge's son had driven the vehicle and received a ticket after police stopped him, but he didn't inform his father about the incident, Brewster said he was told.

The result was the revocation of the judge's license because the insurance is in his name, Brewster said.