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In session

Dozens of laws are proposed for this year’s state Legislature, including changes for judges, divorces, marijuana legalization, militias and more. BY TIM FARLEY As the Oklahoma Legislature convenes on Feb. 3, hundreds of bills are stacked and ready for its consideration. From legalizing marijuana to changing how divorces are considered, some may have more impact

Common sense needed on the court

Unfortunately, the result is a backdoor attack on the Legislature’s attempt to limit frivolous and expensive litigation and to improve our business climate. It is interesting to note the two dissenting justices — reviewing the exact same facts and legal theories as the majority — reached the opposite conclusion. This is significant. Judicial philosophy is

Judging the judges

Credit: Brad Gregg The State Chamber of Oklahoma, a key backer of tort reform, quickly fired off an outraged news release. “Regrettably, the activist judges on this court have shown they will continue to anoint themselves the ultimate arbiter of the state’s social, moral and legal values,” said Fred Morgan, chamber president and CEO. “It

Judicious info for voters

We should remember that our current system of judicial retention was adopted by Oklahomans in response to attorney bribery scandals involving the state Supreme Court. Oklahomans overwhelmingly voted to restore the integrity of the court through accountability by judicial retention elections. Since then, no justice or judge up for retention has been defeated, despite countless

LETTERS

Oklahoma Gazette provides an open forum for the discussion of all points of view in its Letters to the Editor section. The Gazette reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Letters can be mailed, faxed, emailed to pbacharach@ okgazette.com or sent online at okgazette.com, but include a city of residence and contact

LETTERS

Oklahoma Gazette provides an open forum for the discussion of all points of view in its Letters to the Editor section. The Gazette reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Letters can be mailed, faxed, emailed to pbacharach@ okgazette.com or sent online at okgazette.com, but include a city of residence and contact

Lest ye be judged

Credit: Brad Gregg The rankings came from the Oklahoma Civil Justice Council, a partnership between the State Chamber, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. The State Chamber has said in the past that it planned to rank judges, who are re-elected on retention ballots, and

Clear and ‘present’ changer

That’s the impression you’d have after Coburn told The Oklahoman it was “stupid” for Senate Republicans to block a vote to confirm federal Magistrate Robert Bacharach to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. But then Coburn and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, both of whom have strongly endorsed Bacharach, stepped aside and left the judicial

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