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.