232 ABA Journal Oklahoma articles.

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.
Prince’s estate files lawsuit over cybersquatting of prince.com

The estate of the late recording artist and actor Prince is suing an Englewood, New Jersey-based domain broker for cybersquatting the prince.com website.

Filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District…

States may scrap marriage licenses as counties resist same-sex ruling

Probate judges in at least seven Alabama counties refuse to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual, so lawmakers may abolish licenses altogether. Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Montana have similar proposals.

10th Circuit grants immunity to social workers in child abuse case
When the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case of child abuse it called “horrific,” it stressed that it wasn’t pleased with its own ruling.
Tulsa lawyer’s viral post says 100 female lawyers will march to end ‘educational funding nightmare’

A Tulsa adoption lawyer who wants a legislative solution to Oklahoma’s “educational funding nightmare” hopes a brigade of 100 female attorneys can make a difference.

Lawyer Becki Murphy wrote…

Why Oklahoma plans to execute people with nitrogen

Oklahoma has always been the nation’s laboratory for capital punishment.

It was a state legislator named Bill Wiseman who in 1977 came up with the idea of lethal injection by…

8 states file brief supporting the government’s attempt to deny abortions to immigrant minors

Eight states described as having “a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life” have weighed in on a lawsuit seeking to clear the way for immigrant minors…

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