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Oklahoma City attorney pleads guilty to misdemeanor for payment to police officer

Prominent attorney David Ogle admits involvement in paying Edmond police officer to not show up.
by Nolan Clay Published: August 22, 2012

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.

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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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