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by Edmond Geary

Felony convictions no longer require disclosure in application for state government jobs

Governor Mary Fallin has by executive order eliminated the necessity for applicants for state jobs to disclose whether they have a felony conviction. State agencies will no longer require this information on the application. Nineteen other states have preceded Oklahoma in this regard. This should open some jobs to a pool of Oklahomans who have…

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by Edmond Geary

Mental health help, always scarce, is getting scarcer here

Anyone who is around the criminal justice system encounters the mental health system.  All Oklahoma criminal defense attorneys need those services from time to time, especially in alcohol-related and drug-related offenses, but not limited to those charges.  Regardless of what they are charged with, clients can need mental competency evaluation, behavioral counseling or in-patient rehabilitation….

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by Edmond Geary

Supreme Court improves federal sentencing for defendants

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion that helps defendants at sentencing in federal courts. Since 1984, the sentencing powers of district judges has been limited by the Sentencing Guidelines, thanks to enactment of Congress in the Sentencing Reform Act. Most significantly, the Court in the decision styled Peppers vs. United States reversed the…

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