- Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s top court will not consider the case of a former state lawmaker convicted of having sexual contact with a student.

The state Supreme Court declined Friday to hear an appeal from James Thomas, a former legislator and ex-high school principal.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said there was overwhelming evidence against Thomas. The prosecutor said it’s a relief for the victim that Thomas will have to serve the rest of his jail time.

The victim testified that Thomas forced her to touch him inappropriately. The woman said that Thomas called her into his private office, asked her about several boys and told her “remember you are mine.”

A state appeals court previously ruled there was sufficient evidence to uphold the conviction. Thomas served 28 years in the Alabama House.

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