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.