State Sen. Clark Jolley says he has been cleared from libel lawsuit

After being dropped as a defendant in a libel suit filed by his opponent for Senate District 41 and having the Ethics Commission drop two complaints against him, State Sen. Clark Jolley said he was glad to have his name cleared.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Modified: July 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm •  Published: July 13, 2012
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State Sen. Clark Jolley has been removed as a defendant in a libel lawsuit filed by his primary election opponent and he said the Ethics Commission has cleared him of two complaints.

Jolley, R-Edmond, defeated Paul Blair in the June 26 primary election. He faces Richard Prawdzienski in the November general election.

Blair filed a lawsuit against Jolley and the political action committee the Coalition for Oklahoma's Future Inc. The coalition paid for ads that said Blair had violated state tax laws.

Blair said the ads were intentionally and maliciously false.

“I appreciate Paul's decision to dismiss me from the lawsuit,” Jolley said. “It allows us to move on towards the future without this litigation pending.”

Jolley said he received a letter from the Ethics Commission notifying him that two complaints against him had been dropped.

Marilyn Hughes, executive director of the Ethics Commission, said complaints of ethics violations are not public record unless the commission issues a reprimand, reaches a settlement agreement or files a case in district court. She could neither confirm nor deny that there had been any complaints against Jolley.

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