Recent research that reviewed thousands of child abuse cases where shaken baby syndrome was alleged revealed there is virtually no reason to presume abusive head trauma was to blame when no evidence beyond an infant’s symptoms or brain injuries were present.
Cameras to enforce Oklahoma compulsory insurance laws headed to Tulsa. The semi-automated system is likely to result in systematic wrongful prosecutions. District Attorneys, who stand to gain $20 million a year for operation of the program, have little incentive to curtail wrongful prosecution or arrest of otherwise insured drivers.
A police officer’s desktop review of images taken by roadside cameras and information stored in state databases is enough to arrest drivers suspected of driving without insurance in Oklahoma. The newly approved system threatens to automate wrongful prosecution by District Attorneys who have a financial incentive to allow systematic mistakes.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has overturned a sweeping 2017 DUI law for due-process flaws and for violating constitutional single-subject requirements. The entire law was set aside before it even took effect. The decision means ongoing uncertainty for thousands of drivers accused of DUI – and police enforcing DUI laws – with regard to the procedure for contesting drivers license revocations after DUI arrests.
In a precedent-setting case, the Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety was ordered to pay attorney fees after the agency twice illegally revoked a mans drivers license.
The Okmulgee County District Attorney is seeking the disqualification of an Okmulgee judge after the judge on four occasions over four years ruled that police officers lied or embellished facts during testimony. The DA’s Motion to Disqualify does not dispute the judge’s rulings, but claims they could represent a bias against law enforcement.
Tulsa expungement attorney James Wirth sponsored a full-page ad in the Jan. 29, 2017 Tulsa World to explain the benefits of sealing court records in view of recent changes in Oklahoma expungement law.
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals concluded DUI attorneys cannot challenge admissibility of breathalyzer results based on the Board of Tests failure to follow state rules for authorizing breathalyzer equipment.
A Tulsa expungment lawyer explains how people convicted of some misdemenaors are immediately eligible to have the conviction removed from public records. Wait times for other expungments were cut from 10 years to five years. The law also allows some people convicted of two non-violent felonies to seek expungment.
Tulsa County court officials have announced jury trials will be suspended for two full months during the summer of 2016. The court cut two jury weeks from the schedule on either side of judge’s regular July summer vacation time after state officials announced a $1.3 billion budget shortfall. Delays in jury trial schedules pose questions about potential speedy trial violations.