Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reinstatement May Have Been A Mistake

The Oklahoma Supreme Court accepted an attorney's resignation

The affidavit of resignation states respondent's awareness of a grievance received by the Bar Association concerning his conduct and alleging he conspired with others to commit the offense of wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343; and that he conspired to retain lease bonuses paid by SandRidge Energy, Inc., on oil and gas leases with bad title, rather than returning the lease bonuses to SandRidge Energy, Inc.

He had been suspended for unrelated crimes and reinstated

 In the spring of 2007, Ogle & Welch undertook representation of a client who was charged in Oklahoma County District Court with driving under the influence. Kerr served as defense counsel for this client. The criminal matter was resolved with the client receiving a deferred sentence, but then was later scheduled for a driver's license revocation hearing with the Department of Public Safety. Attorneys at the firm of Ogle & Welch initiated a series of steps to offer a bribe to an Edmond Police officer in exchange for his absence at the hearing. The officer in question reported the bribery attempt to his superiors and a police investigation commenced.

 On July 30, 2010, Kerr was charged with the felony offense of offering a bribe, in violation of 21 O.S. 2011 §3815. In April 2012, that charge was reduced under a plea agreement to a misdemeanor, obstruction of a public officer, in violation of 21 O.S. 2011, §5406. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Respondent received a two-year deferred sentence and a term of probation until April 5, 2014. Kerr completed the term of probation and the criminal case has been dismissed.

The court noted in its reinstatement decision

Powerful testimony was provided by the employer and owner of a local oil and gas exploration company where Kerr started at an entry level land man position more than seven years ago. The employer testified that over the years Kerr gained his trust and confidence and now trusts Kerr with millions of dollars worth of proprietary information of his industry clients. Kerr was hand picked to be one of four managers at the company because of his consistent integrity, honesty and hard work. As a manager, Kerr is one of four people in the company who is trusted with the same proprietary information the employer has. 22 Likewise, one of the employer's business clients testified that he trusts Kerr to handle millions of dollars worth of property interests and that Kerr has great integrity and the moral fitness to be an attorney.

NewsOK reported his 1998 acquittal on rape charges. (Mike Frisch)

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