Revenue transfer on solid legal ground, Wyrick tells state court (access required)

Legislation that authorized transfer of more than $100 million in fuel taxes and other revenue to help balance the state’s FY 2012 budget is constitutional, Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick told the Oklahoma Supreme Court in a filing Monday. Wyrick said ...

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Facing bar hearing on allegations of misappropriating client funds and manufacturing a court order, attorney John Merritt files OBA resignation with state court (access required)

Veteran Oklahoma City catastrophic-injury litigator John Merritt has filed documents for his resignation from the Oklahoma Bar Association, two weeks after being suspended from practicing law by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The court must approve an order approving Merritt’s resignation. ...

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Senate District 43 candidates down to three (access required)

Another candidate, Del City Democrat Larry Foster, 58, withdrew from the race for the Senate District 43 special election Friday, shrinking the candidate field down to three. However, one of two Republicans is challenging the other’s eligibility. Democrat Kenneth Meador, ...

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State gains $7.8 million in post-session revenue recertification (access required)

Legislation that affected state revenue this past session—up or down—netted out to an increase of more than $27 million, or $25.8 million at the 95 percent appropriation level, the State Equalization Board certified Friday. However, there have already been enough ...

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Former medical examiner Trant free to push First Amendment claim in federal termination case (access required)

Just before he was fired as Oklahoma’s chief medical examiner in February of last year, Dr. Collie Trant made statements about retaining counsel and reporting to outside authorities alleged wrongdoing he had uncovered that he claimed tainted a grand jury ...

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Here’s how filing for the Senate District 43 race finally shook out: (access required)

Republicans: Greg Childers, 41, of Del City. Theresa Nelson, 45, of Oklahoma City, marketing background. Democrats: Kenneth Meador, 30, Moore, community college student, eight-year Iraq combat medic. Larry Foster, 58, Del City. Withdrew: Paul Wesselhoft, 63, Moore. Candidates have until ...

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