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Oklahoma City attorney files slander lawsuit

Prominent criminal defense attorney accuses fellow attorney of trying to steal clients by spreading lies.
by Nolan Clay Modified: July 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm •  Published: July 7, 2014
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One of Oklahoma City’s most colorful criminal defense attorneys is accusing another attorney of trying to steal clients by spreading lies.

Scott Adams and his law firm are suing attorney Michael S. Johnson for “actual, compensatory and punitive damages.”

Johnson said the slander lawsuit is completely merit less.

Adams and his law firm are asking Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton to order Johnson to stop lying about them. They told the judge Johnson is representing to others that Adams bribed a prosecutor and judges and that Adams is under police investigation.

The lawsuit specifically alleges that Johnson told those lies on June 13 to a jail inmate who already had hired Adams. The lawsuit alleges Johnson “sought to solicit said client as his own.”

The inmate, Karim El Youbi, was charged in May in Oklahoma County District Court with trafficking in illegal drugs.

“I didn’t tell that guy any of that,” Johnson said Friday. “I don’t need to lie about other attorneys to get clients. ... That’s ridiculous.”

Johnson, whose law firm is in Oklahoma City, said Adams is just making stuff up.

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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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