Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Resignation For Harboring Fugitive Who Was Working In His Law Office

The Oklahoma Supreme Court accepted the resignation of an attorney who faced allegations set forth in the court's order.

Blasdel states he is aware of the grievance against him currently being investigated by the Office of the General Counsel. The allegation is that on or about January 29, 2013, Blasdel committed the crime of harboring a fugitive and actively concealing her from Sheriff's Deputies attempting to arrest her at his law office.

NewsOK had the February 2013 story

Blasdel is accused of harboring Gale Lynn Crislip, 55 over a period of several months, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Prosecutors allege Blasdel hired Crislip with the knowledge that she was a fugitive and then actively concealed her from law enforcement.

Crislip was taken into custody Jan. 28 by members of a warrant team looking for her at Blasdel's law office.

Crislip was charged in September with embezzlement. She is accused of taking a vehicle from an employer and not returning it, police reported.

Crislip, according to a probable cause affidavit, greeted a deputy sheriff at Blasdel's office and then walked out of view. Blasdel then approached officers, who told him they were there to see Crislip because they had a warrant for her arrest.

In November, a prosecutor asked Blasdel to surrender Crislip but he declined to do so, records show.

The warrant was signed by a judge in September, court records show.

Blasdel said he was taking a nap and had not seen Crislip, according to the affidavit. A search revealed Crislip was hiding in a locked office Blasdel told deputies he didn't have the key.

Crislip was arrested and released from the Oklahoma County jail the following day. She could not be reached for comment Monday.

(Mike Frisch)

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