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Former Oklahoma City attorney resigns from state bar association

William Mark Blasdel, 66, a former defense attorney and Oklahoma County prosecutor, applied to resign his law license earlier this month. The Oklahoma Bar Association accepted his resignation Tuesday.
by Matt Dinger Published: May 28, 2014

A defense attorney who once worked as a prosecutor in Oklahoma County has forfeited his law license.

William Mark Blasdel, applied for the order accepting his resignation from the Oklahoma Bar Association earlier this month, court records show. The resignation was approved Tuesday.

Blasdel, 66, was charged in Oklahoma Country District Court with harboring a fugitive in February 2013. The charge was dismissed in October.

Blasdel was accused of hiding his fugitive legal assistant, Gale Lynn Crislip, 55, from sheriff’s deputies who came to arrest her at his law office on Jan. 29, 2013, court papers show.

Prosecutors alleged Blasdel hired Crislip with the knowledge that she was a fugitive and then actively concealed her from law enforcement. Crislip was charged in September 2013 with embezzlement. She is accused of taking a vehicle from an employer and not returning it, police reported.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Crislip greeted a deputy sheriff at Blasdel’s office and then walked out of view. Blasdel then approached officers, who told him they had a warrant for Crislip’s arrest. Blasdel said he was taking a nap and had not seen her, according to the affidavit. A search revealed Crislip was hiding in a locked office. Blasdel told deputies he didn’t have the key.

In November 2013, a prosecutor asked Blasdel to surrender Crislip but he declined, records show.

The embezzlement charge against Crislip has been amended to exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult, records show. Her preliminary hearing is set for July.

Blasdel is not allowed to apply for reinstatement to the bar for at least five years, according to the order. He declined to comment Tuesday. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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