The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

April 28, 2014

CCBA to host Law Day

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Bar Association will host a free event open to the public in honor of Law Day.

Law Day is nationally recognized May 1, but the event will be held 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Cleveland County Courthouse. This year’s theme is “Democracy and You: Why Every Vote Counts.” The event will feature a presentation on the Evolution of Voting Rights in America by OU Law School professor Richard Tepker.

CCBA President Don Pope said the presentation will look back at voting rights when the country was founded and how they have evolved over the years. Many people may take the right to vote for granted now, but when the country was founded, Pope said, only about 16 to 17 percent of the population could vote.

Women couldn’t vote, black people couldn’t vote, people under the age of 21 couldn’t vote and those who didn’t own property couldn’t vote, he said.

The 1915 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Guinn v. United States, which struck down the grandfather clause exemptions to literacy tests for voters, will also be discussed.

Pope said the literacy tests excluded a lot of black people from voting, but it also excluded a lot of white people, so a grandfather clause was made in an attempt to keep white voters. Then a black man in Payne County who had a college degree passed the literacy test, but voting officials still wouldn’t let him vote.

“They arrested voting officials in Payne County and outlawed the grandfather clause,” Pope said.

He said he thinks the presentation will be very interesting and he hopes it will be well attended. As for Law Day itself, Oklahoma also has ties to how it began.

“Oklahoma kind of has a unique connection to the establishment of Law Day as a whole,” Pope said. “It was initiated by an attorney in Wewoka, Okla.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime/Courts
  • OKC man charged with rape

    After being brutally raped and kidnapped for four days, a woman escaped and called 911 last week, which led to charges against an Oklahoma City man. Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Motorists should watch for pedestrians

    With another school year approaching, the Norman Police Department wants motorists to be mindful of the increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic. During the month of August, the Norman Police Department will concentrate resources in the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Man charged with rape A Norman man was charged with second-degree rape Thursday after a teen reported that she had been engaging in sexual activity with him. Stacy Lynn Thomas, 36, had numerous sexual encounters with the 15-year-old girl ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Wednesday: · 1:36 a.m. burglary in progress, 3700 block of Barwick Drive · 9:54 a.m. larceny report, 500 block of South University Boulevard · 10:42 a.m. larceny report, 1400 ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Moore police seek information about armed robbert

    MOORE — Moore Police Department is seeking information on an armed robbery suspect....

    August 1, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, kidnapping · Katrina Nicole ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Randall Lee Sherrill, 34, possession of juvenile pornography · Dewey Leon Kinsey, 37, possession of controlled dangerous ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Tuesday: · 12:14 a.m. burglary report, 3000 block of Pheasant Run Road · 5:58 a.m. larceny report, 3900 block of Journey Parkway · 6:52 a.m. larceny report, 2600 block of ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Candle ruled as cause of house fire

    Slaughterville Fire Department extinguished a structure fire seconds after responding to the call around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at 10701 Maguire Road....

    July 31, 2014