223 ABA Journal Oklahoma articles.

Stun belts are intended to keep control in courtroom, but some judges use them to inflict punishment
James Calvert had been a difficult defendant. On trial in 2015 on charges of murdering his wife and kidnapping his son, Calvert had chosen to represent himself, but was having trouble following the judge’s instructions to stand up when addressing the Smith County court in East Texas.
Army reservist, ACLU drop lawsuit over gun range’s anti-Muslim sign
A U.S. Army reservist dropped his federal lawsuit against an eastern Oklahoma gun range on Tuesday after it agreed to remove its “Muslim-free establishment” sign.
Citing unsafe jail conditions and judge’s order, sheriff resigns along with her deputies

An Oklahoma sheriff who battled with a judge over what she thinks to be dangerous jail conditions announced her resignation Monday.

But Sheriff Terry Barnett of Nowata County is not…

Want to fly a drone? You have to play by the rules
The first full day of ABA Techshow 2019 kicked off with a buzz as a small, black multi-propellered flying object zipped through a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.
Former DA’s fake Facebook page, intended to ‘snoop’ bath salt sales, cited in suspension

A former Pennsylvania district attorney has been suspended from law practice partly because she created a fake Facebook page to investigate banned sales of bath salts being used as drugs.

Bedbugs spotted on lawyer’s jacket lead to courthouse closure

A courthouse in Claremore, Oklahoma, was evacuated and closed Monday after bedbugs were discovered on a lawyer’s jacket.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton gave the details to the Tulsa…

Lawyer accused of murder solicitation says jealousy motivated charges against him

An Oklahoma lawyer charged with solicitation of murder and racketeering is going on the offensive with a statement claiming the charges are motivated by “vindictiveness and jealousy.”

Winston Connor, 54,…

Ballot measures give felons the right to vote, overturn Jim Crow-era jury law and legalize marijuana
Beyond the fight for Congress, voters across the country were presented with major criminal justice reform initiatives on Tuesday's ballot.
Oklahoma University College of Law associate dean resigns over sexist, homophobic writings

A law professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Oklahoma University College of Law voluntarily resigned Tuesday after his discriminatory writings about women and same-sex marriage in a…

Legal aid program in Oklahoma is dedicated to representing moms in trouble

The group Still She Rises seeks to address criminalization and incarceration of women in Oklahoma, focusing on helping indigent mothers in northern Tulsa, a historically impoverished and underresourced community. Still She Rises began taking clients in January 2017 as the first pro bono law office in the country specifically dedicated to representing mothers involved in the criminal justice system.

Netflix’s new series ‘First and Last’ accurately details many aspects of county jail life

Viewers have to remember that Gwinnett County Jail is just that: a county jail. That means almost all the inmates are coming in off the streets. Don’t get this confused with a prison. You can think of county jail as a kind of lockup purgatory.

How a rural murder case could return nearly half the state of Oklahoma to tribal control

Patrick Murphy doesn’t deny participating in the murder and mutilation of George Jacobs in 1999.

But it’s possible that his conviction doesn’t count. As Murphy argued in a habeas appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Denver, he’s a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, as was Jacobs, and the murder took place on land that was part of the tribe’s reservation as defined by an 1866 treaty.

Oklahoma judicial nominee rated ‘not qualified’ by ABA wins confirmation

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Barnes Goodwin for a federal judgeship, though the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary had given him a “not qualified”…

ABA committee gives ‘not qualified’ rating to a second Oklahoma judicial nominee

The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has given a “not qualified” rating to a lawyer nominated to a federal judgeship in Oklahoma.

The “not qualified” rating for nominee…

Judge resigns after he is accused of using contempt powers to jail more than 200 people
An Oklahoma judge has agreed to resign after he was accused of using his contempt powers to jail people for infractions such as leaving sunflower seeds in his courtroom and talking in court.

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