ENID, Okla. —
A hearing is scheduled for an Enid News & Eagle motion to unseal the
records in a dismissed felony perjury charge filed against Enid attorney
The News & Eagle’s motion to unseal the case is scheduled for a hearing
before Grady County District Judge Richard Van Dyck on July 30 in the Grady
County Courthouse in Chickasha.
The felony perjury charge was filed in Major County on May 17 and sealed the
same day by Presiding District Judge Ray Dean Linder. The News & Eagle was
denied access to the records. No hearings, notice of sealing the case or
announcements of its removal from public view were given.
The News & Eagle filed a suit June 26 to intervene in the case and have the
In his motion to intervene and unseal the records, News & Eagle attorney
Michael Minnis argued the peremptory sealing of the felony perjury case
violated the newspaper’s rights under the Oklahoma Constitution, the
Oklahoma Open Records Act and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The felony perjury charge against Edwards was dismissed Monday pursuant to a
motion filed by Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who was
appointed to prosecute the case after Major County District Attorney Hollis
Thorp recused his office from the matter.
Van Dyck ordered the case dismissed Monday and recalled a warrant in the
case. Van Dyck was appointed to preside over the case by Oklahoma Supreme
Court Chief Justice Steven Taylor on June 28.
Major County Court Clerk Shauna Hoffman faxed a copy of the motion and order
to dismiss the felony perjury charge to the Enid News & Eagle Monday. When
asked Tuesday for a copy of the original affidavit filed in the case,
Hoffman said “Judge Van Dyck said the only thing I can give you is what I’ve
given you so far.” Asked for a copy of the order sealing the case, Hoffman
replied, “The only thing I can give you is what I gave you yesterday.”