Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Facebook Post With Escaped Prisoner's Photo Not A Good Idea

An attorney who has received a significant amount of unfavorable publicity has resigned from the Oklahoma Bar.

Oklahoma's Own 9 had a report on some of the attorney's issues:

Oklahoma City police say a Nichols Hills attorney posted photos of herself and her boyfriend on Facebook just hours after he escaped from prison.

Roy Kuykendall escaped from Union City Correction Facility sometime the night of July 9. Police say his girlfriend, attorney Amy McTeer, helped him escape. Investigators listened to a phone call between McTeer and Kuykendall, and heard the two hatching an escape plan.

Jerry Massie, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, says Kuykendall just walked away from the correctional center. The facility is not secure, and prisoners can come and go for work. Prison employees discovered Kuykendall was missing during a head count.

Kuykendall was arrested less than a day after his escape. Oklahoma City police found him in a Bricktown restaurant having lunch with McTeer. Police say when they confronted the couple, McTeer lied about Kuykendall's identity.

Police say McTeer later told them she and Kuykendall planned to get married.

Investigators say during Kuykendall's few hours of freedom, McTeer took pictures of them together and uploaded them to her Facebook page. Investigators say those pictures may provide enough evidence to charge McTeer with harboring a fugitive.

KFOR TV had a report on the attorney's series of arrests.

The resignation while there is a pending disciplinary matter is "tantamount to disbarment." (Mike Frisch)

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Comments

I love the dissent: "Watt, J., dissenting: I would not allow this respondent to resign pending disciplinary proceedings but would, at the appropriate time, concur in an order of disbarment."

Nothing like pre-judging the case.

But beyond that, what basis would there be for refusing to allow an attorney to resign from the bar under these conditions? As you point out, the attorney is effectively conceding the case. Isn't that the same as refusing to allow a man to plead guilty?

Stephen

Posted by: Stephen Williams | Jan 15, 2013 10:09:54 AM

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