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Sex scandal costs former appeals judge Steve Lile

By Nolan Clay and John Greiner Modified: September 16, 2008 at 8:02 pm •  Published: September 16, 2008
Three years ago, Steve Lile went from being one of the state's top judges to just another attorney because of a sex scandal at the state Capitol.

This morning, the state Supreme Court decided Lile couldn't even be an attorney any more.

Justices disbarred Lile, 60, "from the practice of law" because of the seriousness of his misconduct while a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

The Supreme Court agreed he had committed multiple violations of the standards of conduct including actions that "undermined public confidence in the integrity of the judicial system."

Lile declined comment today. Last year, he said at a disciplinary hearing, "I was plain stupid. I wasn't thinking straight."

Lile resigned in 2005 from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

The Supreme Court found Lile had submitted false travel claims and false expense claims while a judge. He also had involved himself improperly in his son's drug cases and after an administrative assistant, Dawn Lukasik, was arrested in December 2004 for an alleged drug violation.

The assistant was not charged at the time.

Lile's troubles began after he hired Lukasik, a former lover, as his administrative assistant at the court at a time when his own marriage was failing. He said last year he discovered from her that they had a son together and the son, Loran Michael Wilson, was having drug problems.

She was 18 when their son was born. Lile was married and then 37.

The Supreme Court said he traveled at taxpayers' expense from June 24 to Oct 29, 2004, almost on a weekly basis to see his incarcerated son or to take care of legal and other issues involving his son.

"On some of the trips he was accompanied by Dawn Lukasik," the Supreme Court wrote. Read the results from the bar proceeding at the Oklahoma...

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