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President's Message

Jan. 19, 2016
2016 OBA BOG Swearing in - President Garvin A. Isaacs

April 16, 2016

On Law Day Let Us Celebrate Trial by Jury

On Aug. 14, 1670, in London, William Penn and a fellow Quaker, William Meade, spoke out against the king of England. Penn and his co-defendant, Meade, were tried for sedition and inciting rebellion.1 After hearing the evidence and arguments, the jury retired to deliberate. When the jury returned to open court and announced that it was unable to reach a verdict, one of the court officers threatened juror Edward Bushel.2 Two threats were reported, one in which the court officer said to Edward Bushel, “You deserve to be indicted more than any man that hath been brought to the bar of this day” and another court officer threatened Bushel with branding.3

March 12, 2016

The Jesse Owens Rule: Never Be Intimidated

Where are we in history? In 2015, Oklahoma had more than 900 earthquakes over the 3.0 scale. Seismologists from all across the United States agree the earthquakes are caused by injection wells. Gov. Mary Fallin in her State of the State address did not mention the word earthquakes one single time.
March 2, 2016

JNC - Let It Be: An Urgent Message from President Garvin A. Isaacs

The honor to serve as your president comes with responsibilities. The greatest responsibility is protecting and defending the third branch of government to ensure ALL citizens of the State of Oklahoma have fair and impartial courts. At this time three troubling bills are pending before the Oklahoma House of Representatives that threaten the integrity, independence and fairness of our judicial system -- any could run in the next day or two.
Feb. 13, 2016

Upcoming Events Deserve Your Attention

On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence communicated that one of the reasons they were declaring independence was because the King of England was trying to take away the right to trial by jury. All 13 colonies had guaranteed the right to trial by jury in their Articles of Confederation in both civil and criminal cases.
Jan. 16, 2016 

Will We Let History Repeat Itself? 

The Oklahoma Legislature is now considering abolishing the Judicial Nominating Commission. I think back to my youth and remember when Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Nelson Corn was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for income tax evasion for a $150,000 bribe. It was a shock.

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