Ya know, it’s an interesting life that longtime Oklahoma City attorney Mike Gassaway leads. He shakes his fist at the powers that be; he’s done time in the joint (albeit for just a couple of months, but hey); and, once again, he dodges the bullet.
According to The Associated Press, Gassaway allegedly said he would reduce a legal bill if the friend of a client would perform oral sex on him.
Well, the jury acquitted Gassaway on a charge that he solicited sex. This verdict came despite testimony that he repeatedly urged the woman to perform oral sex upon him, according to The Oklahoman.
The verdict may have had something to do with context, Gassaway’s attorney, Scott Adams, said.
“She’s the one (who) came up with the program, and she asked Mr. Gassaway. Unfortunately, he accepted,” Adams said. “It’s disgusting, but it’s not illegal.”
Juror Roxy Hakin, 26, said she and her fellow jurors decided that the accusation was an obvious setup by the police, according to the story.
“It was an easy decision,” Hakin said, following a half-hour deliberation by the three-man, three-woman panel.
Why would the police set Gassaway up? Well, the attorney said, according to the story, the powers that be (or at least used to be, before the last election) didn’t want him around causing trouble anymore.
What kind of trouble, you ask? Well, there was that little deal in 2005, in which thousands of driving-under-the-influence cases were nearly tossed out because Gassaway brought a lawsuit over breath analyzers. A longtime state official had to resign over that one. Gassaway was arrested on this recent charge following that case, in March 2006.
Gassaway was a regular opponent of former District Attorney Wes Lane, on and on, ad infinitum. Adams said, in essence, that the cops targeted Gassaway to get rid of him.
But, wait. That’s not all.
Gassaway ran for district attorney in Oklahoma County in 1986 and twice served time in federal prison for tax violations. Gassaway gave up his license as an attorney in 1995 but the Supreme Court reinstated it in 2002.
Gassaway isn’t out of the woods, however, according to the story. A trial on a complaint of violating ethical attorney conduct rules filed by the Oklahoma Bar Association has been set for July. He again faces loss of his license.