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.
Johnson said he represented El Youbi in three cases in Oklahoma City Municipal Court. He said he visited El Youbi in the jail in June to thank El Youbi for referring a client to him.
Both Adams and Johnson are well known in the local legal community. Each has won acquittals at times for clients in high-profile criminal cases.
In a recent widely publicized case, Adams defended illegal gambler Teddy Mitchell.
Mitchell’s federal gambling case attracted considerable public attention because his wife, Julie Mitchell, was brutally beaten to death in their northwest Oklahoma City home on Nov. 2, 2010. Police have made no arrests in her homicide.
Mitchell is serving 27 months in federal prison for his role in a Costa Rica-based Internet business that accepted illegal sports bets and for conspiring to commit money laundering.