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Lawsuit over scuffle names only OHP trooper

RON JACKSON Modified: July 22, 2009 at 8:04 am •  Published: July 22, 2009

/> "Based on my understanding of federal civil law, Mr. White does not have a valid claim,” said Gary James, Martin’s attorney. "But I’m ready and willing to begin deposing Mr. White to see about his past.”

White is seeking in excess of $10,000 for both compensatory and punitive damages.

"Mr. White does not think the state will take responsibility for the actions of trooper Martin, and will thus take matters into his own hands,” said Richard O’Carroll, White’s attorney. "Mr. White therefore asked that we conduct an aggressive discovery into the past behavior of trooper Martin ... and find out how he ended up an employee of the state.

"We’ve waited long enough,” he said.

Martin has been on paid administrative leave since June 1. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol conducted an internal investigation, but the findings have yet to be released.

Capt. Chris West, the agency’s spokesman, told The Oklahoman Tuesday an announcement will be made "soon.”


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