The Law Blog of Oklahoma

Infant Deaths Prompts Review of DHS Policies

Posted : Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) has long been besieged with complaints that the agency is not doing right by Oklahoma's neglected and abused children. Several deaths at the hands of abusive parents with a history of abuse led to questions about the agency's effectiveness in following up on abuse complaints and its decision-making in returning children to abusive homes. In return, the agency became the subject of numerous federal lawsuits, and, as a result, made some significant changes, but the agency still struggles in light of significant budget cuts thanks to Oklahoma's dismal budget failure. 
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"Witch" Who Abused Granddaughter Sentenced to 3 Life Terms

Posted : Friday, April 14, 2017

An Oklahoma City woman accused of child abuse and terrorizing her grandchildren by dressing as a witch to punish them has been convicted and sentenced in the case. 
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Oklahoma City Woman Dies in Mauling

Posted : Tuesday, April 11, 2017

An elderly woman walking her dog in her northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood was mauled to death by two large dogs roaming loose in the streets. 
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Family Urges Commutation for Tulsa Reserve Deputy Convicted of Manslaughter

Posted : Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, 75, was convicted last April of manslaughter, after he mistakenly pulled the trigger of his gun instead of his taser and shot and killed a fleeing suspect. Bates's arrest and conviction highlighted numerous problems with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office reserve program and exposed an alleged "pay to play" system that rewarded wealthy contributors by making them reserve officers--even if they were improperly trained and ill-equipped for the job. 
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Sex Abuse Fugitive Back in Oklahoma

Posted : Tuesday, March 28, 2017

An Oklahoma sex abuse suspect apprehended in Mexico is now back in Oklahoma to face charges. 
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What is the difference between a suspended sentence and a deferred sentence?

Posted : Thursday, March 23, 2017

One of the first questions someone charged with a crime asks a criminal defense lawyer is, "Will I have to go to jail for this?" Obviously, there are a lot of factors that figure into how much, if any, jail or prison time a person will serve, but there are many instances where a person can get probation instead of incarceration. In Oklahoma, there are two ways for a defendant to serve probation instead of jail or prison: through a deferred sentence or a suspended sentence. 
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Edmond Teen Dies in UTV Accident

Posted : Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Spring Break excursion turned to tragedy last week, when a 14-year-old Edmond boy lost his life in an UTV accident. 
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How to Avoid Bad Legal Advice

Posted : Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Generally speaking, people would not be willing to take professional advice from a non-professional. In most cases, you would not ask your plumber to diagnose your medical condition any more than you would ask your doctor to fix your leaky toilet. When it comes to getting an important job done right, you go to the right professional for the job. 
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Ex-Sheriff Facing Two Felony Charges Pleads No Contest to Misdemeanor

Posted : Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Former Love County Sheriff Joe Russell, who served as sheriff from 2000 until his resignation last October, has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after having two felony counts dismissed. 
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Former Juvenile Detention Employee Sentenced in Rape Case

Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A former employee of the Oklahoma City Community Intervention Center, a juvenile detention facility, has been sentenced to prison for having sex with a 17-year-old girl in custody.  
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