Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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An emergency interim suspension has been ordered by the Oklahoma Supreme Court

the [Oklahoma Bar Association] reports that it has received sufficient evidence demonstrating Respondent has committed conduct in violation of Rules 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.15, 1.16, 3.3, and 8.4(a)(b)(c) and (d) of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct, and Rule 1.3 of the Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings, and that the conduct poses an immediate threat of substantial and irreparable public harm.

The OBA details in the verified complaint the specific allegations arising from the counts filed against the Respondent. These include matters wherein the Respondent was arrested at her home in Lincoln County, Oklahoma in State of Oklahoma v. Debra Dawn Campbell, CF-2022-290, on December 3, 2022, and was charged with the following felonies: Trafficking in Illegal Drugs in violation of 63 O.S. § 2-415; Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Distribute in violation of 63 O.S. § 2-401; Acquiring Proceeds from Drug Activity in violation of 63 O.S. § 1287; and Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Felony in violation of 21 O.S. § 1287. Respondent is also alleged to have violated the terms of her pretrial release contract conditions.

Complainant also submits that two additional grievances have been filed against Respondent by former clients. The first grievance alleges that Respondent neglected her former client in his criminal cases in Creek and Lincoln counties, despite being paid in full, which resulted in ineffective assistance of counsel. The second grievance alleges that Respondent failed to communicate with her former client in his felony case in Oklahoma County despite being paid $10,000 to represent him.

Respondent did not respond to an order to show cause. (Mike Frisch)

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