Tuesday, June 11, 2019

King Of The Road

The Oklahoma Supreme Court accepted an attorney 's resignation

The affidavit of resignation states Respondent's awareness that the Oklahoma Bar Association has investigated the following grievances, which suffice as a basis for discipline:

Grievance by Lant Gallup: The grievance alleges that the Respondent was entrusted with funds belonging to a client, Lant Gallup. Specifically $75,611.55 was supposed to be held in the Respondent's attorney trust account (IOLTA) on behalf of the client. The money was to be disbursed to the client by installments. The grievance alleges that the Respondent did not account for approximately $28,000.00 belonging to the client. The Respondent improperly transferred some of the funds to his operating account and comingled it with other funds. The client alleges the Respondent owes him $28,441.00.

Grievance by Lee Loggins: The allegations are that the Respondent was retained to represent Lee Loggins in various matters, some of which were criminal cases, and also a foreclosure action. The Respondent entered an appearance in October 2018 in the Oklahoma County foreclosure case, CJ-2018-3276. It is further alleged that he did not file any pleadings and made no further court appearances in the case. The case was concluded by summary judgment entered February 2019 against Lee Loggins, et al.

Oklahoma News 4 reported on an unrelated incident  on April 25

An Oklahoma attorney is facing possible charges after authorities said he tried to smuggle contraband into a county jail for an inmate.

Lon Jackson Darley, III, 67, was booked on complaints of bringing or possessing contraband in a jail and conspiracy after authorities said he tried to smuggle cigarettes in clear plastic bags to his client.

"Whenever anyone brings contraband into a penal institution, I mean that’s against the law," said Mark Myers with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.

News 4 spoke with Darley on Thursday. He claims the entire situation was a misunderstanding.

According to Darley, he was trying to bring court documents, glasses and pictures to his client. He said the cigarettes were meant for another client of his and the envelopes were mislabeled.

"She’s (other client) in treatment for opiate dependency, and she could smoke there so I was going to send her cigarettes because she doesn’t have any money," he said. "Where the mistake came in is I put the envelope label on the wrong envelope, and I took that with me. It was material that I intended to mail."

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office is telling us a different story.

"Everything is always a misunderstanding until you have solid evidence, and then it’s a little more than a misunderstanding," Myers said.

According to Myers, text messages were coming through Darley's phone when he was being interviewed at the jail. Court documents said the text messages read "IS HEBER" and "HEY LON THIS HEBER MY FRIEND WANTS 4 MORE PAKS ASAP PLEASE."

Darley said "Heber" is the name of his client but when we showed him the number listed on the search warrant, he claims it did not belong to his client or his client's wife.

"I don’t know what that means. That P-A-K-S. I don’t smoke. English is not his first language. I hadn’t read that on my phone," he said. "I’m not going to assume what it refers to. I don’t know what it refers to. I had not read that."

Myers said they were able to find the inmate with a cellphone.

"Those are all things, aspects of this investigation that they are currently on but, obviously, if you look at the message on the phone... if it matches the message that was sent to the attorney, that’s pretty good evidence," he said.

Whether Darley will be formally charged will be up to the D.A.'s office.

(Mike Frisch)


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