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New Amendment Changes Oklahoma Definition of Violent Crime
Adam Banner - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In June, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a number of bills that passed the state legislature and will take effect in November. Among those is Senate Bill 412, which significantly expands the number of criminal offenses included as "violent crimes." The distinction between violent offenses and nonviolent offenses is important, because those convicted of violent crimes are more likely to serve mandatory minimum sentences (as in "85 Percent Crimes"), may be more likely to have to register as a violent offender pursuant to the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act, and are far less likely to become eligible for record expungement. Read More

From Tech News to 'Silicon Valley': An Interview with Writer Dan Lyons
Adam Banner - Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Recent Victory on Demurrer at Preliminary Hearing
Adam Banner - Friday, July 10, 2015

Recently, we were able to get two counts of "Acquiring Proceeds from Drug Activity" dismissed by demurrer at preliminary hearing. Anyone charged with a crime in Oklahoma needs to be fully aware of his or her rights in regards to a preliminary hearing in Oklahoma, because it is an integral part of a criminal prosecution. Read More

The Law Deans: Royal Furgeson, UNT Dallas College of Law
Adam Banner - Wednesday, July 08, 2015

As we continue to speak with law school deans around the region, I reached out to retired Judge Royal Furgeson, Jr., Dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law. Dean Furgeson was unable to speak with me directly, but he took the time to answer several questions about the challenges facing law students today, the growth and future of the legal profession, and how current events impact law today. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Oklahoma Death Penalty
Adam Banner - Thursday, July 02, 2015

On June 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued the opinion in the Oklahoma death penalty case Glossip v. Gross. In the majority opinion, SCOTUS once again affirmed the contstitutionality of the death penalty. While some see the decision as a potential "light at the the end of the tunnel," I feel as though the High Court has upheld a bar that will be exceedingly difficult to acheieve in future challenges to the methods and means of executing inmates in the United States of America. Read More

Understanding Protective Orders in Oklahoma
Adam Banner - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation. It ranks highly in the number or women killed by men. It also has the country's highest incarceration rate of women, many of whom are victims of domestic violence punished for "allowing" the actions of their abusive partners. With high numbers of cases of domestic violence, stalking, and harassment in Oklahoma, Victim's Protective Orders, sometimes referred to as "restraining orders," have an important place in protecting those who are threatened with violence. Read More

Not Guilty Verdict: Violation of Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act
Adam Banner - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Last week, we were able to secure a not guilty verdict in an Oklahoma County jury trial. My client was charged with violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, but now he is once again a free and innocent man. Read More

The Law Deans: Andrew P. Morriss, Texas A&M University School of Law
Adam Banner - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In 2013, Texas A&M University acquired the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Today, Texas A&M University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The Texas A&M law school boasts 38 full-time professors and several adjunct and visiting professors serving and educating 750 full-time and part-time law students. Read More

The Law Deans: Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr., University of Oklahoma College of Law
Adam Banner - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

As I continue my conversations with the deans of law schools throughout Oklahoma, I spoke with Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr., with the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Dean Harroz is not only a part of OU law school, but he is also a university-wide administrator as Vice President of the University of Oklahoma. Read More

Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty as Supreme Court Considers Oklahoma Case
Adam Banner - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

One week ago, Nebraska became the 19th state to abolish the death penalty. The state's decision came roughly a month before the United States Supreme Court is expected to release its decision about the constitutionality of the lethal injection protocol in Oklahoma. Read More


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