Oklahoma

227 ABA Journal Oklahoma articles.

Graduate of two law schools who never attended college may take the bar exam, court rules

Caleb Alexander Harlin never attended college, but he has two law degrees and one law license.

He now will have the opportunity to obtain a law license in a second…

Oklahoma lawyer and the woman he represented in a divorce are shot and killed

A lawyer in Norman, Oklahoma, and his divorce client were shot and killed, apparently by the woman’s estranged husband, authorities said on Wednesday.

The victims are lawyer Bryan Young, 47,…

Inmate’s 43-minute execution didn’t violate clearly established law, 10th Circuit rules

A botched execution that continued for 43 minutes, causing the condemned man to writhe and grimace in pain, didn’t violate clearly established law regarding cruel and unusual punishment, a…

Voters in three states back capital punishment in ballot initiatives

Voters in three states on Tuesday passed ballot initiatives supporting capital punishment.

In California, voters rejected a measure to repeal the death penalty and passed a measure that seeks to…

Tulsa officer is charged with manslaughter in fatal shooting

A police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, a charge that carries a minimum sentence of four years…

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill that made it a felony to perform abortions

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she has signed 18 bills supporting “pro-life and pro-family measures,” but she could not sign a measure making it a felony for doctors to perform…

Lawyer admits taking $100K in his law firm’s funds, gives up law license

An Arkansas lawyer has given up his law license in Arkansas and Oklahoma after acknowledging he converted more than $100,000 of law firm funds to his own use.

Lawyer Michael…

Oral sex with intoxicated, unconscious person isn’t a crime, state high court rules

Oklahoma’s highest criminal appeals court has held the state’s forcible sodomy law doesn’t make it a crime to have oral sex with a victim who is so intoxicated as to…

Former lottery security chief and his brother, an ex-judge, charged with rigging payouts

A computer whiz installed software on random number-generating equipment while working as security director of the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association that enabled him to rig games and direct a number…

Faced with declining bar pass rates, Oklahoma changes the exam grading

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reacted to a decline in bar pass rates with a change in bar exam scoring.

The change is an apparent effort to make bar passage…

Federal appeals court partially blocks FCC rules cutting cost of prison phone calls

As a lawsuit continues seeking to overturn new Federal Communications Commission rules cutting the cost prisoners pay for phone calls, a federal appeals court has partially stayed the imposition of…

Oklahoma sheriff’s office had ‘system-wide failure of leadership and supervision,’ report says

An investigation of the sheriff’s office in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, launched after a close friend of the sheriff working as a reserve deputy said he mistakenly fired his handgun instead…

Spencer Fane opens Oklahoma City office with 9 attorneys from Lester firm

Corrected: Spencer Fane announced Monday that the 170-attorney firm is opening an Oklahoma City office, its first in the state, with at least 9 lawyers from the former Lester Loving…

DA unbuttons suit jacket, then brings down suspect fleeing courthouse

A suspect fleeing down the hallway of an Oklahoma courthouse last week was no match for the local district attorney and at least one fellow lawyer.

Oklahoma County DA…

Prosecutor ‘took care of business’ when she shot intruder, sheriff says

A prosecutor who was home sick on Thursday shot an intruder who kicked in the back door of her home in Inola, Oklahoma, according to the local sheriff.

Assistant District…

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