Former Oklahoma judge avoids trial

Prosecutors dismissed a conspiracy charge against William H. “Bill” Layden Jr., 62, a former Pittsburg County judge, after he agreed never again to hold public office.
by Nolan Clay Published: January 24, 2013

Prosecutors have dropped a conspiracy charge against a former Pittsburg County special judge after he agreed never to hold public office again and to pay $4,717 in restitution to the state auditor.

William H. “Bill” Layden Jr., 62, was accused in the 2011 felony case of conspiring to obstruct an embezzlement investigation involving Pittsburg County's drug court.

The investigation resulted in an embezzlement indictment against former drug court administrator Angela Marcum.

Marcum, 41, is accused in the still-pending case of embezzling more than $27,950 in fees collected from drug court participants.

The conspiracy charge against Layden was dismissed Wednesday after he signed a deferred prosecution agreement. He continues to deny wrongdoing.

Under the agreement with Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the former judge could be prosecuted further if he violates any laws, does not tell the truth, fails to make restitution payments or holds public office.

A deferred prosecution is different from a deferred sentence.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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