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.