The Law Blog of Oklahoma

One Dies as Distracted Driver Crashes into OKC Restaurant

Posted : Tuesday, August 05, 2014

In the past, if you heard of a car crashing into a building late at night, you would assume that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or that he or she suffered a medical event. Now, though, it becomes increasingly likely that such a terrible accident is caused by a driver who is distracted by a cell phone. 
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Federal Bill Aimed at Curbing Campus Sexual Assault

Posted : Friday, August 01, 2014

Approximately 1 in 5 women will become the victim of campus sexual assault, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many of these rapes and assaults go unreported by the victims, several colleges and universities are under fire for failing to investigate and report the attacks that take place on their campuses or on school-affiliated property. A federal bi-partisan bill aims to curb campus sexual assault by increasing the penalties for schools accused of under-reporting rapes and assaults and by publicly shaming the schools that fail to protect their students. 
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HIV Patient Arrested after Biting Medical Technician

Posted : Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Tulsa man with a record of assaults was arrested again Friday night after he bit a medical technician. Instead of just being arrested for simple assault, however, Derin Lee Bunch, 40, is jailed on complaints of aggravated assault and battery on a health care worker and knowingly transmitting HIV. 
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Police Chief Charged with Lewd Acts in Mayes County

Posted : Saturday, July 26, 2014

Because no one is above the law, no one is above suspicion in a criminal case--even law enforcement. Sometimes, those charged with the duty to protect and serve the public become those charged with crimes for not only failing to protect, but also for causing harm. A police chief in Mayes County, Oklahoma, finds himself on the wrong side of the law after being accused of molesting two girls. 
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ATV Accident Claims Child in Beckham County

Posted : Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Oklahoma family is mourning their child after the 10-year-old boy was killed in an ATV accident near Elk City. Reports indicate that the child was driving the four-wheeler in a private pasture when he lost control, was thrown from the ATV, and it rolled over on top of him. Police say the vehicle was traveling at an unsafe speed and the rider was not wearing a helmet. 
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Teacher Raped by Inmate Files Lawsuit

Posted : Friday, July 18, 2014

A teacher working with inmates at an Arizona prison was stabbed with a pen and raped after being left unguarded with a classroom full of sex offenders. Despite the incident and the fact that the woman had no way to call for help, prison officials assert that all safety procedures were followed and that there were no security lapses that led to the woman's rape on January 30. 
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Big League Crimes: Professional Athlete Arrests

Posted : Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Often, the fame that comes with athletic prowess and ability can bring with it a sense of entitlement that encourages athletes to think they are above the law. Domestic violence, DUI, drugs, and other crimes are not unheard of in professional sports, but are athletes any more prone to crime than the rest of us? 
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On-Duty OHP Trooper Arrested for DUI

Posted : Friday, July 11, 2014

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol state trooper was arrested for DUI last week. To make matters worse, he was on duty at the time of his drunk driving arrest. 
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Marital Property or Separate Property?

Posted : Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Next to determining custody and visitation, property division is perhaps the most challenging and hotly contested issue in a divorce. In divorces that do not involve children, division of the marital estate typical causes more conflict than any other issue. 
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GM Recalls 8 Million More Vehicles; Nearly Every Model Affected in 2014

Posted : Friday, July 04, 2014

This year, General Motors has faced intense scrutiny over automobile recalls and delays in addressing lethal safety concerns. Among the primary concerns is the automaker's failure to address a problem with the ignitions switch--a flaw that has caused numerous deaths. GM acknowledges 13 deaths associated with the faulty ignition switch, but it is only counting in that number those who were killed in head-on collisions tied to the ignition switch and a failure of the airbags to deploy. Grieving family members say the number of deaths is much higher. 
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