Four cases involving Ward Lee & Coats were discussed by the candidates in a recent debate featuring the 3 Republican District Attorney candidates for Craig, Mayes, and Rogers Counties. The candidates did not go into detail about the cases but the discussions all came from cases we handled where we fought the government for the [...]
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House Bill 2676 has been passed by both the Senate and the House and has been sent to Governor Mary Fallin for her signature. This is a measure that will once again make Oklahoma Highway Patrol videos subject to the Oklahoma Open Records Act. It also clears up any confusion left over from the Ward [...]
Saturday, at the Freedom of Information Oklahoma, Inc's Sunshine Conference, the law firm Ward Lee & Coats, and attorneys Josh Lee and Steve Fabian were recognized for their support of government transparency. Each year the FOI OK gives out awards to government officials and public citizens who fight for the citizens right to freedom of [...]
Josh Lee with President's & Dean's Awards Josh Lee received two very special recognitions for the year 2013. National College for DUI Defense Dean's Award In July, Josh was honored by the National College for DUI Defense at their summer session conference. The Dean of the National College, Troy McKinney, presented Josh with [...]
Oklahoma Senate Bill 1513 looks like it strengthens the Oklahoma Open Records Act but it really does the opposite - here is why... Let us start by making this point clear: Senator David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) and Representative Jason Murphy (R-Guthrie) are supporters of open government. In fact, Mr. Murphy is on the Board of Directors, [...]
State Representative Chuck Hoskin (D-Vinita) is co-author of House Bill 2676 that would make Video and Audio Recordings of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol open records under Oklahoma's Open Records Act. Authoring with Mr. Hoskin is Ken Walker (R-Tulsa) and Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa). HB2676 passed the House by a vote of 67-13. In 2011, Ward & Lee [...]
Vinita Attorney Josh Lee elected to Board of Directors for Freedom of Information Oklahoma, Inc. Ward Lee & Coats, P.L.C., attorney, Josh D. Lee, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Freedom of Information Oklahoma, Inc., a statewide non-profit organization that supports organizations and individuals working to open records and provide access to [...]
Attorney Josh was the only Oklahoma lawyer to attend and speak at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Seattle Washington. Josh gave a lecture entitled "Educating the Lawyer: the Birth of the Lawyer-Scientist" at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting. According to it's web site, the AAFS "is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides [...]
We have all heard about the dreaded "pen test" or "field sobriety tests" that police officers give on the side of the road. What they are actually performing is the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test which is one of three tests that make up the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) established by the National Highway [...]
Attorney Caitlin Bowers Towles Ward Lee & Coats attorney Caitlin Bowers Towles was recently certified to conduct the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Caitlin attended the SFST course taught by Platt & Associates in Austin, Texas. The three test battery that makes up the SFSTs are * The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) * The [...]