Newman filed a judicial complaint against Gibson, but it was dismissed.
Karim said he would make a recommendation to the nine justices in the next couple days. The Supreme Court can accept or reject Karim’s recommendations. Newman said he wanted the Supreme Court to lift the Nowata County ban on him.
“Assuming there is one,” Karim said.
Newman said he asked the Supreme Court to get involved because he hadn’t gotten a timely response when he asked for guidance from the presiding judge of the judicial district and from the administrative judge over Nowata County.
“I feel like I’m operating in a wilderness,” he said.
Gibson in papers responding to Newman’s petition before the Supreme Court stated he and the other two judges had reached an agreement in which Gibson would not handle any of Newman’s cases for at least the next six months and maybe for the next year.
“It is probably best that I recuse for at least six months and perhaps a year,” Gibson said. “And we would look at it in a year.”
When Karim asked Newman whether that was acceptable, Newman said he didn’t know whether a year would be sufficient “to make sure that this matter doesn’t occur again.”
Newman also said he hadn’t received Gibson’s written response.
Karim ordered a break in the hearing and asked Newman to go in the hall and read Gibson’s response. When he returned, Karim asked him if he read anything that changed his position.
“I did not,” Newman replied.