The Norman Transcript


February 5, 2013

Judge confirms renting to service provider



 Creation of the service occurred as an effort to cut down on jail time and relieve overcrowding of offenders who often cannot make bond.

Stice said he could not quote the amount of money Curry is paying for the office space because all transactions are handled by Stice’s partner, Marty Coltrane, who manages the buildings.

In addition, Stice and Curry were partners in the Pretrial Services company. District Judge Lori Walkley said all of the judges knew about his property holdings.

The judges required that Stice divest himself of that partnership with Curry when he became judge. Curry signed a contract to pay $99,000 to Stice over a five-year period, with monthly payments of  $1,650.

Mashburn said that “so far,” Judge Stice has been diverting only the aggravated charges to Oklahoma Court Services.  

“But it is a concern that the judge might start sending even more cases to the private court services program, which could amount to nearly $1 million annually out of the district attorney’s budget of about $5 million,” Mashburn said.

The judges question  the DA’s estimate of impact to his budget.

Stice said since he became a judge about two years ago, he has diverted “only 103  cases to Oklahoma Court Services.” Overall, he has handled more than 2,000 cases since he took office, with about 90 percent calling for DA supervision at a lower level.

In late 2010, a state law took effect increasing requirements for what had to be provided to those charged in aggravated DUI cases.

Stice said that is why he started diverting the aggravated DUI cases to Oklahoma Court Services, because the district attorney could not adequately provide those services.

Stice said he finds it curious that complaints about the private supervision programs are surfacing at the same time that the district attorney is voicing concern about losing some of his cases to the private court service.

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