A suspended Oklahoma City defense attorney cannot seek to practice law again until next August, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has determined.
Justices on Aug. 22, 2012, suspended attorney David Ogle after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for his involvement in an illegal payment to a police officer.
On Tuesday, justices decided Ogle's suspension will last two years and a day. After completing his suspension, the prominent attorney must seek permission from the Supreme Court to practice law again.
“Ogle did not instigate the bribe, but he chose not to stop it or report it, and he facilitated it,” justices wrote in their opinion Tuesday. “He chose to say nothing when evidence of the investigation came to light. He lied to the district attorney and others during the investigation.”
Justices noted that Ogle, 45, had expressed a great deal of remorse and shame. The justices also noted that lawyers and judges who testified in his behalf during disciplinary proceedings believed it was totally out of character for him to behave as he did.
Ogle pleaded guilty last year to obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duty.
He and two other attorneys were involved in paying $500 to an Edmond police officer in 2007 not to show up at a hearing. They acted to keep a client from losing his driver's license because of a drunken-driving arrest. The officer reported the payment offer to a supervisor, then played along to gather evidence.
The attorneys used as a go-between a retired officer who sometimes worked for them as a private investigator. Ogle admitted he signed and gave a $750 check to the go-between.