Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Manslaughter Conviction Draws Interim Suspension

An order from the Oklahoma Supreme Court

The Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA), in compliance with Rules 7.1 and 7.2 of the Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings (RGDP), has forwarded to this Court certified copies of the Criminal Information and Judgment and Sentence on a plea of guilty. Emma Barlie Arnett entered a plea of guilty to Manslaughter 1st Degree, in violation of 21 O.S.2011, § 711, which occurred on August 27, 2017. Arnett was sentenced to twelve years in the custody of the Department of Corrections with the first four years to be served in custody and the last eight years to be suspended with supervision under the division of Probation and Parole.

...Pursuant to Rule 7.4 of the RGDP, Emma Barlie Arnett has until October 16, 2018, to show cause in writing why a final order of discipline should not be imposed, to request a hearing, or to file a brief and any evidence tending to mitigate the severity of discipline. The OBA has until October 31, 2018, to respond.

Oklahoma News 4 reported on her arrest for killing a pedestrian

Around 12:45 a.m. on August 27, the Tulsa World reports Brown was walking in the right lane of traffic when he was struck by Arnett’s vehicle, who was also driving in the right lane.

Brown was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Police say Arnett identified herself to the officer on scene but “would not make statements until her attorney was present.”

The officer said he smelled a “strong odor of alcohol” coming from Arnett.

According to court records, she declined to take a breath or blood test. She did agree to take a field sobriety test, but officers said she failed.

Arnett was taken to the hospital for a blood test. Her blood alcohol level was 0.142. The legal limit is 0.08.

She was charged with first-degree manslaughter and DUI Friday.

Her court date has been set for December 8.

(Mike Frisch)

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