December 12, 2012
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for two years and a day.
The attorney was convicted on his Alford plea to a misdemeanor attempt to bride a police officer to miss a license revocation hearing.
There was some mitigation:
Several mitigating factors must be taken into consideration when deciding on the correct discipline in this case. Respondent was twenty-eight years old when the bribery incident occurred and had been an attorney less than a year. The respondent's uncle, David Ogle, was his principal employer and undoubtedly exercised more influence over him than would normally be found in an employer-employee relationship, given the added component of familial relationships. Respondent did not initiate the illegal scheme and acted under the direction of his supervisors, Josh Welch and David Ogle. No evidence indicates Respondent benefitted personally from the bribery conspiracy. The Respondent has cooperated with the Bar Association and with other authorities investigating the matter and has agreed to assist in future prosecutions. No other grievances have been filed against the Respondent and he has complied with the terms and conditions of his deferred sentence.
The court nonetheless concluded that the conduct was sufficiently serious to warrant a substantial sanction. (MIke Frisch)
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