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Oklahoma Supreme Court suspends attorney's law license

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended attorney Nathaniel K. Soderstrom's license to practice law for two years and a day, citing his guilty plea in Lincoln County to a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled and dangerous substance.
by Randy Ellis Published: November 27, 2013
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended attorney Nathaniel K. Soderstrom's license to practice law for two years and a day, citing his guilty plea in Lincoln County to a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled and dangerous substance.

Soderstrom's eight-year sentence was deferred, pending successful completion of Lincoln County Drug Court, the state Supreme Court said.

Soderstrom was accepted into the drug court on Nov. 24, 2012, and less than a month later tested positive for methamphetamine, the state Supreme Court said.

Soderstrom told a professional responsibility tribunal that he visited friends he thought were “clean,” but found them smoking methamphetamine when he arrived. Soderstrom told the tribunal he put the pipe in his mouth, but did not light it, resulting in the positive drug test.

A couple of months later, on Feb. 13, Soderstrom showed up at the drug court under the influence of Percocet without a prescription, the state Supreme Court said.

Soderstrom told the tribunal he was “an addict and alcoholic with methamphetamine use going back to age 15.”

“While we are mindful that …(Soderstrom) is taking meaningful steps to address and resolve his addictions, his continued relapses while in the drug court program adversely impact on his fitness to practice law,” the state Supreme Court said. ‘His failure to strictly observe requirements imposed upon him personally by the drug court indicates he cannot be trusted to fulfill undertakings on behalf of clients.”

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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