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October 12, 2013

DA files motion to dismiss Grand Jury

CLAREMORE —

District Attorney Janice Steidley claims the verified signatures of 6,994 registered voters should be disqualified, dismissing the grand jury investigation, even though those signatures have all ready be certified valid by the Rogers County Election Board.
A motion to dismiss the Rogers County Grand Jury Petition has been filed within hours of the judicial reassignment to Tulsa County Judge Jefferson D. Sellers.
Tulsa attorney Joel Wohlgemuth filed the motion late Friday afternoon, claiming the signature page circulated in the petition was not approved by the court and therefore unauthorized. 
The motion further claims the “unauthorized” signature page did not contain all, or complete information as stated in the authorize grand jury petition, previously approved by Grady County Judge Richard Van Dyck.
The attorney makes no mention of how the authorized grand jury petition was used in the signature gathering process.
A complete copy of the grand jury petition was attached to the signature pages during circulation, according to Steve Cox, grand jury petitioner.
All signatures were obtained in folders, which were bound containing both documents.
A copy of the grand jury petition was made available to every person who signed this petition, Cox said. 
“Almost 8,000 people in Rogers County requested and want a grand jury to convene,” Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said. “It is concerning to me and it should be to any Rogers County citizen the individuals named in this petition keep fighting to prevent this from happening, but no information has been provided on how they are funding their efforts.”
The motion filed on behalf of District Attorney Janice Steidley and her assistants David Iski and Bryce Lair, goes beyond challenging the validity of the signature collection.
Wohlgemuth claims Steidley, Iski and Lair, the Movants, “do not, in any way whatsoever, oppose or challenge any legitimate investigation — grand jury or otherwise —that comports with the law.”

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