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July 18, 2012

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

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ENID, Okla. — Edwards subsequently filed two motions to disqualify Haworth from presiding

over the divorce proceeding. According to an April 18 entry, Enid attorney

Stephen Jones entered the case to make a “special appearance” at the motion

for disqualification hearing. That motion was denied.

On May 17, the same day the felony perjury charge was filed against Edwards,

court minutes show an in-chambers meeting took place with Jones, Edwards,

Riffel and Major County Assistant District Attorney Danny Lohmann, the

state’s prosecutor who filed the perjury charge.

Following that in-chambers meeting, Linder disqualified Haworth from

presiding further over the divorce case. Linder also sealed the perjury case

that afternoon, the contents of which remain hidden from public view.

News & Eagle Publisher Jeff Funk has raised questions as to why Linder and

Jones would go to such great lengths to seal the records of a contempt

hearing and divorce case.

“We don’t know what’s in the case because it’s sealed,” Funk said. “What are

they hiding?”

He said the newspaper is continuing with its motion to unseal the case

because the manner in which it was sealed gives at least the impression of

partiality and undue secrecy.

“It looks like preferential treatment for Edwards, an attorney, to have a

criminal charge against him kept confidential even though charges against

all other adults are handled in open court,” Funk said. “Our objection is to

the secrecy of this case, and we want the court to declare this secrecy,

this special treatment, unlawful and wrong.”

Court records in the divorce case are available HERE

 

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