Law and Disorder in Oklahoma
Speed Trap, Oklahoma is an Editorial/Opinion piece on the recent demise of Oklahoma's anti-speed trap law. As shocking as it may be to some, speed traps are now legal in Oklahoma, thanks to Representative Paul D. Roan (D-Tishomingo) and an Oklahoma Legislature and Governor asleep at the wheel.
The Missing Sheriff of Adair County addresses the issues raised by Sheriff Charles Hartshorne and the fact that he is working for a private company in Iraq rather than performing his sworn duties in Adair County.
Assistant U.S. Attorney and Wife Busted is our initial report on the arrest of Assistant U.S. Attorney for Eastern Oklahoma David "Mike" Littlefield and wife Dawn Littlefield in a shocking case of alleged child abuse in Muskogee County.
Robert Samuel Wheeland - Child Rapist Cop is a look at what can happen when cops go bad and children are involved. Wheeland was for 16 years a cop patroling the streets of Haskell, Oklahoma. For a part of that time he was also a predator preying upon young girls.
Robert Samuel Wheeland - Child Rapist Cop Sentenced is our report and commentary upon the sentencing of the child rapist cop of Haskell, Oklahoma.
DUI Cops of Oklahoma is a brief look at the arrests of Sallisaw, OK Assistant Police Chief Billy Jack "B.J." McLemore and Vinita, OK Police Officer Kenneth Leland. During the early morning hours of Sunday, February 4, 2007 both arrested for DUI. It was Leland's second such arrest.
The Grady County Gambling Raid involves some noteworthy members of the Elks Lodge of Chickasha, Oklahoma. Indicted in the corruption scandal are several Grady County law enforcement officers including Sheriff Kieran McMullen and his wife, as well as other law enforcers.
A Richard Gray Christmas Present is an editorial opinion piece on disgraced District Attorney Richard Gray's Christmas present for a major campaign contributor arrested for drunk driving, speeding and no seatbelts. When DA Gray couldn't find a Wagoner County judge willing to pervert justice he went to a different county to 'get it done'.
District Attorney Richard Gray Indicted The District Attorney for Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties indicted by the multi-county grand jury on allegations that he stole money seized in drug investigations. As is usual, Gray blames his problems on someone, anyone, else.
Playing Cops and Robbers In Healdton, Oklahoma is the story of Healdton Police Officers Rick Clayton and Jared Trotts and the day they decided it would be fun to hold a little pellet gun target practice with a woman wanted on a bogus check charge.
The Judge and the Stripper takes a look at former Oklahoma County Special Judge Michael Chionopoulos and allegations of misconduct on his part, including a two-hour session with a stripper behind the closed doors of his chambers.
The Case of the Masturbating Judge takes Oklahoma's Law and Order reputation to new levels, unfortunately very low levels. Creek County District Judge Donald Thompson "retired" while facing proceedings to oust him from the bench on allegations of using a "penis pump" to masturbate during both jury and non-jury trials, including those for first degree murder. Thompson now stands a convicted felon following a jury trial in which he was found guilty of four counts of indecent exposure, sentenced to four years in prison, fined $40,000 and required to register as a sex offender.
Junk Justice and Okie Science explores the depths to which the criminal justice system has sunk in Oklahoma. Several cases of innocent persons, railroaded through the Oklahoma criminal justice system on a train of mistakes, outright lies and junk science are reviewed. One victim of "Junk Justice and Okie Science" came within five days of being executed for a crime he did not commit. This after having spent many years on "Death Row", all the while protesting his innocence, as his mental health deteriorated. Other reports detail the stories of individuals never previously charged with a crime or even a minor traffic offense, arrested, tried and convicted and locked away for 15, 17 or more years while few if any in Oklahoma give a damn about the injustice they suffered or wish to see them compensated for having their lives stolen by the state.
A Question of Priorities takes a look at the Oklahoma criminal justice system's treatment of some men accused of sex crimes against children. The results are startling.