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Two Oklahoma City attorneys are temporarily suspended from practicing law

Oklahoma City attorneys Josh Welch and Sam Kerr have been temporarily suspended by the state Supreme Court. Both men are on probation for a misdemeanor offense of obstructing an police officer.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Published: April 20, 2012
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily barred two Oklahoma City attorneys from practicing law.

Justices acted because Josh T. Welch, 43, and Sam Kerr, 33, entered Alford pleas April 5 to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer. Both were fined $500 and put on probation for two years.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant accepts a sentence for a crime while still asserting innocence.

Justices gave both attorneys until May 3 to give reasons why the interim suspension should be set aside. Justices gave them until May 11 “to show cause in writing why a final order of discipline should not be imposed.”

Welch's attorney, Gary Rife, said, “We would be hopeful that Josh would be reinstated and allowed to continue his practice of law.”

A third Oklahoma City attorney, David Ogle, 44, is accused in a felony charge of bribing the Edmond police officer. A pretrial conference is set for May 16.