Within a week of his acquittal, he was indicted of tax evasion. Diaz was acquitted of these charges as well, although his wife at the time received a two-year suspended sentence.
The prosecutions kept Diaz off the bench for a substantial period of his term and ruined his attempt at re-election. He and many others believe that the prosecutions were politically motivated and possibly part of a broader plan by powerful interests to impact the make-up and effectiveness of the judiciary.
In Oklahoma, judges are being evaluated and rated by organizations with stated interests. Judges who exercise legitimate judicial power in criminal and civil cases are subject to having those decisions repackaged and publicized in the form of negative campaign advertising by well-funded private organizations in furtherance of their group’s agenda.