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October 2, 2013

Assistant district attorney named ‘Prosecutor of Year’

NORMAN — A Cleveland County assistant district attorney is being awarded the “Excellence in Action Against Domestic Violence Prosecutor of the Year” award this week.

Prosecutor Allie Spears will be recognized Thursday, Oklahoma’s “Wear Purple” day for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, at the State Capitol. The awards ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Blue Room.

“It’s a challenge prosecuting domestic violence, so it’s definitely an honor to be recognized for the work,” Spears said. “It’s a challenge, but it’s something I enjoy every day and I’m glad to be assigned this docket.”

Spears said while she was studying for her undergraduate degree in social work, she worked with the Women’s Resource Center, which is what got her interested in taking domestic violence cases.

The Tulsa native attended the University of Oklahoma for her undergraduate degree and law school. During her third year of studying law, she became an intern at the district attorney’s office and has been fully employed there for two years.

“I feel as though with prosecuting domestic violence, it’s something I definitely could not do alone; it’s a team approach,” she said.

Spears attributes the team effort to law enforcement, the Women’s Resource Center, coworkers and District Attorney Greg Mashburn.

Spears said Mashburn and her coworkers are always available to help her with decisions in cases.

Law enforcement also does a great job responding to domestic violence calls, collecting as much evidence as they can (since the DA’s office does a lot of evidence-based prosecution) and they work really well with victims and follow up with them, Spears said.

The Women’s Resource Center helps victims of domestic violence, too, whether it’s helping them find a place to stay or finding them counseling, she said.

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