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May 15, 2013

State legislative leaders pave the way for new district judicial seat in Cleveland County

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NORMAN —

“It was a pleasure working with Sen. Sykes to develop a solution for this critical problem of reducing caseloads,” Martin said in the release. “I appreciate his leadership on this issue. Putting the decision in the hands of the voters is prudent and I am confident that they will select a qualified individual to serve on the bench.

“This agreement represents a major victory for the citizens of Cleveland, Garvin and McClain counties.”

Rep. Aaron Stiles, an attorney who practices in Cleveland County and had worked to get the new position, said “the move is good for the citizens and businesses. “

“Everybody had ideas on how to get it done. I give Sen. Sykes a lot of credit. It not only saves money but it saves businesses a lot of time and saves our jail overcrowding in Cleveland County,” Stiles said.

Norman Democratic Sen. John Sparks said, “I applaud Sen. Sykes for his work on behalf of the Cleveland, Garvin and McClain county residents. This has been a complicated issue which has required considerable time and attention. The reassignment of a judge from one area to another is not to be treated lightly.

“Sen. Sykes, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is faced with many such issues. I appreciate his diligence. The additional judge will address the needs of these counties, while ensuring voters will continue to participate in the selection process.”

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