JNC Announces Applicants for Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Vacancy

October 14, 2021

October 13, 2021 – The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) today announced the following individuals have applied for the position of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, District 1, a vacancy is created by the appointment of the Honorable Dana L. Kuehn to the Supreme Court:

  • Becky Rene Baird, Miami
  • Martha Rupp Carter, Tulsa
  • William J. Musseman, Jr., Broken Arrow
  • Joy L. Thorp, Broken Arrow
  • Russell C. Vaclaw, Bartlesville

With assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the JNC will immediately commence background reviews on these candidates, and interviews will be scheduled as soon as practicable at the conclusion of these background reviews. 

The JNC strongly encourages the public to submit comments on these applicants.  Comments may be mailed to:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Attn: Tammy Reaves
2100 North Lincoln, Suite 3
Oklahoma City OK 73105    


James D. Bland
17 East Carl Albert Parkway  
McAlester, OK 74501

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