Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Grand Jury Convened

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has convened a new Multicounty Grand Jury. This will be Oklahoma’s tenth Multicounty Grand Jury. The court appointed Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan C. Dixon to preside. The office of Attorney General Drew Edmondson administers the multicounty grand jury.

The previous grand jury adjourned February 23rd after 18 months of service. The grand jury focused much of its time investigating former insurance commissioner Carroll Fisher and the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

In a separate order, the court today directed the attorney general’s office to respond to a defense attorney’s motion challenging the office’s authority to convene a grand jury. In that same order, the court ruled that “to the extent that Stephen Jones’ application challenges the mere convening of the Multicounty Grand Jury, the same is denied.” Edmondson said his office will respond as directed and hopes the court will quickly dispense with the challenge. “We know of no legal basis for this challenge,” Edmondson said. “We will not let legal gamesmanship distract us from the real work of the grand jury.”

Source: Attorney General Press Release


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