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July 18, 2012

Hearing set to unseal records involving dismissed perjury case after Enid News & Eagle challenges judge's ruling


ENID, Okla. — Hoffman said there is a written order sealing the case, signed by Linder and

file stamped by herself on May 17. Hoffman said there is no written gag

order in the case.

Van Dyck said the case remains sealed under Linder’s original order of May


The News & Eagle requested a copy of the order sealing the case, but was

denied by Van Dyck because Linder filed the order sealing the case under


Sources indicate the original perjury charge, and the sealed court records,

stem from a contempt of court hearing on a finding against Edwards in


Public court records show Edwards was representing the petitioner in a

divorce proceeding in Major County before Associate District Judge Tim

Haworth. Opposite Edwards was Enid attorney Katresa Riffel, who represented

the respondent in the divorce hearing.

According to court minutes filed in the case, Haworth found Edwards in

direct contempt of court on Feb. 7 for “continuously disobeying the court’s

rulings and for attacking the credibility and integrity of respondent’s

attorney, Katresa Riffel.”

The court minutes also state Edwards was “being disrespectful toward the

court,” and that he told Riffel “he was going to kick her ass and appeal the


Court minutes filed by Haworth state he consulted with Linder on Feb. 7.

Haworth notes: “Discussed the topic with Presiding District Judge Ray Dean

Linder; Eric Edwards is not entitled to a jury, only to be heard by the


Edwards appeared before Haworth on Feb. 23 for a hearing on the contempt


Court minutes from that hearing state “Eric Edwards addresses the court,

states it was a heated hearing and still disputes that he said what

respondent’s attorney said was stated in court and apologized to the court

for his conduct in a heated divorce hearing.”

Haworth ruled and ordered payment of a $500 fine.

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