Thursday, June 28, 2012
Okla. Supreme Court assigns new judge to sealed records case
District Judge Ray Dean Linder won't be the one deciding if a felony perjury case remains sealed.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court reassigned the case Thursday from Linder to Grady County District Judge Richard Van Dyke, the Enid News & Eagle reported this afternoon.
Linder blocked public access to the records the same day the charge was filed against attorney Eric Edwards in May.
Linder gave no reason other than he was the judge in the case and "because in my professional opinion it deserved to be sealed."
Linder also told the newspaper at the time that the case would "remain sealed until I say it shouldn't be sealed."
The newspaper on Tuesday filed two motions aimed at unsealing the case file.
The case also will be prosecuted by a new district attorney, the newspaper reported.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications
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