Oklahoma prosecutor who filed perjury charge against attorney is fired

Danny Lohmann, a fired Oklahoma prosecutor, said he stands by his decision to file a perjury charge against an Enid attorney. His boss, District Attorney Hollis Thorp, said he was fired for other reasons.
by Nolan Clay Published: September 7, 2012
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The prosecutor who filed a controversial perjury charge against an Enid attorney has been fired.

“That's kind of the bottom line. It cost me my job,” said Danny Lohmann, 57, who was an assistant district attorney in Major County.

“I think attorneys should follow the same law as anybody else,” he said Friday. “I did what was right under the law ... and I can sleep well at night.”

The felony case against attorney Eric Nathan Edwards attracted widespread attention when a judge sealed it from public view. The Enid News & Eagle, a daily newspaper, learned the perjury charge had been filed and challenged the secrecy surrounding it.

Another judge in July dismissed the case and on Tuesday ordered that the records be made public — for a week.

District Attorney Hollis Thorp, who oversees in five northwestern Oklahoma counties, fired Lohmann Aug. 30. Lohmann worked for Thorp for four years.

“He said there were a lot of factors, but he wouldn't tell me what they were,” Lohmann said. “I was very surprised.”

Thorp told The Oklahoman his firing of the assistant had nothing to do with the perjury case filed in May. He said he would have fired Lohmann earlier if that had been the reason.

“No, that's not the reason. That's definitely not the reason,” Thorp said Friday.

He declined to explain his grounds for the firing. He said he did not want to say negative things.

Perjury charge

In the felony charge, Edwards, 44, was accused of threatening another attorney during a heated divorce hearing in February and of later lying — under oath — about what he said.

Edwards lied when he denied in April that he had said the other attorney was going to “get her ass kicked,” according to the charge. Edwards claims he actually had said he was going to file an appeal.

Edwards had represented the wife in the divorce proceedings in Majors County District Court.


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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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