Category: CIVIL MATTERS

Case Dismissed

ALLEGED DEPRIVED CHILD AND DHS TAKES CUSTODY OF CHILD

Criminal Case: Alleged Deprived Child and DHS Takes Custody of the Child
Case: In re T.A.
Court: [JD-04-05, Tulsa County]
Result: Case Dismissed


Summary:

Because juvenile matters are confidential by Oklahoma statute, the docket sheet and the identity of the child in this “juvenile deprived” matter cannot be revealed, but Haslam represented T.A.’s 19 year old mother. The State alleged her live-in boyfriend had physically abused T.A., and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services [“OKDHS”] took the child from her because it alleged she permitted the boyfriend to do it.

If you know anything about the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, you won’t be surprised to hear that the night before the OKDHS investigator seized the child from his home, a Tulsa PD officer checked on the child in his home and found him fine. Nonetheless, the investigator alleged he was covered with bruises when she took him the next day. Haslam subpoenaed the radio dispatch audiotapes concerning that police call. The audiotape revealed the officer – who was specifically trained in child abuse investigations – reporting that the mother consented to his personal inspection of the child and that he found no signs of harm. He reported on the radio and in a written report that the child was “happy, well-fed, and alert and perceived no reason to suspect abuse.” Haslam listed this officer, the audiotape and the investigator on his witness and exhibit list for the “adjudication” hearing and sent the list to the prosecutor.

Rather than risk the investigator testifying under oath and contrary to the officer, the State dismissed the case on the day of the hearing and returned T.A. to his mother.

 

Case Dismissed

PROTECTIVE ORDERS DISMISSED

Civil Issue: Protective Orders Dismissed
Case: State v. Merle Preston
Court: [CM-1997-1864]
Result: Case Dismissed

Oklahoma State Courts Network
For more details on this case, open the Docket View.

Summary:

The “Victim’s Protective Order” has long been one of the most abused legal tools in Oklahoma law. Because the original short-term, “emergency” protective order can be imposed by a mere allegation of a “victim” without the other party present to dispute that allegation, a citizen can have his reputation ruined and be kicked out of his home if someone is willing to lie to a judge.

These cases can be fought and won, but you need a lawyer who knows the rules and refuses to be intimidated.

Settlement

REAL ESTATE LITIGATION

Civil Issue: Real estate litigation
Case: Karyn Maio v. Delores Hopkins
Court: [CJ-2000-3499]
Result: Five-figure Settlement

Oklahoma State Courts Network
For more details on this case, open the Docket View.

Summary:

In this case, the defendant breached an agreement to sell real estate to Ms. Maio. Karyn sued under the doctrine of specific performance, a contract remedy that requests a judgment to compel the seller to perform her promise to sell the land identified in the contract for sale.

Haslam negotiated a settlement involving a five-figure payment to Ms. Maio. She pocketed the judgment money, got her deposit on the contract back, and walked away 5 figures richer.