A prominent Oklahoma City defense attorney has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for his involvement in paying a police officer not to show up for a hearing.
David Ogle, 44, pleaded guilty last week to obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duty.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court is expected to suspend Ogle from practicing law because of the guilty plea.
Ogle has represented a number of high-profile clients in criminal cases. Those clients include former state Sen. Mike Morgan, who was convicted of bribery at a federal trial this year.
Ogle was charged in 2010 with bribery, a felony. The charge against him was amended to a misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement.
Ogle agreed to pay $500 in fines and $300 to a victims' compensation fund. He also agreed to be on probation for two years.
Two other attorneys, Josh Welch and Sam Kerr, agreed in April to spend two years on probation and pay fines for the same misdemeanor offense. Welch then resigned as an attorney.
The three were involved in paying off an Edmond police officer in 2007 to keep a client from losing his driver's license because of a drunken-driving arrest, prosecutors said. The officer, Danny Austill, 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. The retired officer, Christopher Caplinger, paid Austill $500 not to show up for the driver's license revocation hearing.
Caplinger pleaded guilty in 2009 for his role in incident and was put on probation for three years.
Ogle signed and gave a $750 check to Caplinger after the payment was made, according to the evidence in the case.
“I, in conjunction with others, paid a retired Edmond police officer to have an active officer not appear for a DPS hearing,” Ogle wrote in the paperwork with his guilty plea. “I did this act knowingly and voluntarily.”
DPS stands for the Department of Public Safety.