March 21st, 2013
We continue to follow counterproductive policies that push Oklahomans trying to escape addiction into a downward spiral, and the problem is growing more costly to taxpayers every year.
“What is discussed in that letter is unconstitutional. It’s pre-judging cases and you just can’t do that. … Our next step is to go to the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals … and ask them to address that letter. If we have a judge who has pre-determined what a fine should be in a case, then my agency doesn’t want that judge on the case.”
-Joe Robertson, executive director of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, speaking about a Muskogee County judge who ordered a minimum $1,000 fine in all felony cases to help fund the courts’ budget (Source: http://bit.ly/1CmjCld)