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Oklahoma City attorney charged with three tax offenses

Attorney Doug Friesen has handled high-profile shooting cases.
by Nolan Clay Published: March 26, 2014
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An Oklahoma City attorney involved in two high-profile shooting cases has been charged with three federal misdemeanor tax offenses.

Doug Friesen failed to turn over $51,735 in Social Security, Medicare and federal income taxes withheld from employees’ wages in 2007, prosecutors alleged in Oklahoma City federal court.

His defense attorney, Mack Martin, said a former employee embezzled those funds. The attorney said Friesen “paid it all back” before being charged.

Friesen, 62, defended a former Del City police captain at trial last November. Randy Trent Harrison was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed fleeing suspect in the back.

Friesen also represented former pharmacist Jerome Ersland in an unsuccessful appeal.

Ersland was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder for fatally shooting an unarmed robber.

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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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