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February 8, 2011

Ceremony held for new judge Kathy Thomas

STILLWATER, Okla. — Judge Kathy Thomas was sworn-in last week, but she took the judge's oath again in front of a full court room Tuesday.

She is the newest special district judge in Payne County.

Thomas took the oath Jan. 31 before a massive snow storm blew into Stillwater. She was scheduled to be sworn-in Feb.1, but the winter weather closed the courthouse for two days.

"Those were actually my first few days of being a judge. As I was sitting at home by a fire with my coffee, I thought, 'ya know, I can do this,'" she said.

All that changed Monday, "with 300 docket cases and five TV cameras," she said. Thomas presided over several criminal dockets and dealt with media who came to see Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams appear in her courtroom on rape charges.

For more, see Wednesday's NewsPress.

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