Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge W. Neil Thomas has been off the bench for six weeks and will remain on leave for up to two more months as he is treated for alcohol abuse.


Thomas spoke candidly with the Times Free Press on Wednesday, disclosing that his family staged an intervention April 13 and he entered in-patient treatment in Birmingham, Ala.


He was addressing a Times Free Press report last week quoting Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth, who had shared publicly that Thomas was absent due to an "undisclosed medical condition."


The 69-year-old judge returned home this past weekend and is continuing outpatient treatment for another six weeks, followed by regular meetings and weekly check-ins for the next year.


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