Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded and placed on probation an attorney as a result of criminal assaults on two women.
The court described the incidents, which took place in September and November 2010:
Corrales was divorced and raising his three children. In the summer of 2009, he met Kimberly Leonard, a twenty-three year old woman who began helping him out with his seven-year-old daughter. They dated and began living together in December of 2009. Corrales testified that his son had been very active in sports activities such as football, wrestling and baseball, and that he had been kept very busy for many years following him or coaching him. When his son graduated in May of 2010, the Respondent found himself with a "lull" in his life and he tried to fill it by pursuing "the wrong avenue." Judge McCall stated that, in his opinion, this was "a dose of the middle age crazies." He did not think it has affected the Respondent's ability to be a good lawyer.
Corrales was a candidate for legislative office for the November 2010 election and he was formerly a municipal judge in Lawton. The cases generated an enormous amount of publicity. The Trial Panel questioned the Respondent about the incidents. Kimberly Leonard told the police that she and the Respondent were arguing in the car on September 22, 2010, and that he became angry and struck her head against the dash four times and that when she tried to exit the vehicle, he pulled her back in. A day after the misdemeanor charge was filed, Kimberly Leonard recanted her story by letter to the District Attorney, Fred Smith, stating that she had mixed prescription medicine and alcohol that evening and that she became upset and tried to persuade Corrales to stop and let her out of the car, but he refused, saying that it wasn't safe. As he slowed to turn into a housing addition, she opened the door and jumped from the vehicle, hitting her head and scraping her elbows and shoulder.
When questioned about the altercation at Gert's Pub & Grub on November 16, 2010, Corrales stated that a man followed Kimberly Leonard to the restroom and attempted to go in the women's restroom. When Kimberly returned, she began berating the man who came into the bathroom and the man's sister jumped up and started yelling at Kimberly. Corrales was returning from the restroom and tried to break them up. He grabbed the woman and a bouncer grabbed Kimberly to pull them apart. The woman's girlfriend was bartending and jumped over the bar and began attacking Corrales. Corrales stated that he doesn't really remember what happened because he blacked out, but there is no doubt in his mind that he fought with them and did what he was charged with.
The attorney was evaluated by a psychiatrist, who concluded that he did not have an ongoing anger management issue but should avoid both hard liquor and Ms. Leonard. He had entered an Alford plea the first incident and a no contest plea to the second.
Chief Justice Taylor, joined by Justice Combs, dissented and would order a suspension. (Mike Frisch)