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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
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Layden was a special judge from January 2006 to October 2011. He oversaw the Pittsburg County drug court.

In an affidavit, Layden admitted he “took actions which in retrospect I should not have taken” after learning in May 2010 the state's multicounty grand jury was investigating the drug court and that there would be an audit.

“I was unduly trusting of Ms. Marcum and at the time believed she was being unjustly accused,” he stated. “The evidence I have now seen makes me believe the state can prove Ms. Marcum did embezzle funds from the District 18 Drug Court and that she used me in an effort to deflect attention to drug court participants and away from herself.”

Prosecutors also dropped a perjury charge against Layden. A trial over the perjury case had been set for next week in Oklahoma County District Court.

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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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