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February 5, 2013

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NORMAN —

Stice said he has never been asked to recuse himself in any of these cases of aggravated DUI charges.

“If  Mr. Mashburn had a problem, he should have asked me to recuse myself,” he said.

Contacted Monday, Mashburn declined further comment.

“I do not want to comment on anything about Stice’s property interests and that stuff,” Mashburn said.

The DA said it is his legal right to appeal the judge’s actions in certain cases, and the DA’s office should not be penalized for filing the appeal. Mashburn took the issue to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, rather than asking the judge to recuse himself.

The district attorney lost his lawsuit before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, which sided with Stice.

Chief Cleveland County District Judge Tracy Schumacher acknowledged Monday that questions about Stice’s financial interests have surfaced before, and they are being brought up again when the DA is complaining about losing some of the $40 monthly supervision fees.

Schumacher said judges send the cases to Oklahoma Court Services and Pretrial Services so offenders are checked on at least monthly rather than waiting until a year’s probation has been completed. She said the judges’ concern has to concentrate on services provided to offenders, rather than assigning cases to the district attorney, which provides “little or no supervision.”

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