Sentence reduced


Criminal Charge: Second Degree Burglary After Many Prior Felony Convictions
Case: State v. Myron Goff
Court: [CF-02-1813, Tulsa County]
Result: 5 years

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Mr. Goff was charged with 2 counts of second degree burglary of a convenience store. The State produced pre-trial evidence of video of Myron in the store doing the burglary and in-store audio of an accomplice allegedly calling his name. Mr. Goff had a long list of prior felony convictions, subjecting him to twenty or more years jail time should he be convicted on this charge.

After negotiations challenging the reliability and admissibility of the tapes, the State dropped its “second page” alleging the prior convictions so Myron accepted a plea bargain of 5 years on each count in the penitentiary. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently. Myron was out of the penitentiary in about 15 months.

Case Dismissed


Criminal Charge: Manufacturing Methamphetamine
Case: State v. Jason Rogers et al
Court: [CF-02-2866, Tulsa County]
Case Dismissed

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Mr. Rogers and three others were visiting a motel room that the police surveilled from the parking lot. When he exited the room to the parking lot, the police confronted him by his car. When one of the remaining visitors exited the motel room door minutes later, the police alleged they smelled an odor consistent with a meth lab coming from inside the room. Based on this “bionic nose” argument, the police immediately commenced a warrantless search of the motel room and allegedly discovered a meth lab.

Haslam filed motions to suppress the search and to quash the information. Arguing Payton v. New York, 455 U.S. 573 [1980], Haslam urged the court that a motel room enjoys the same constitutional protections as does a home and that none of the very few exceptions for a warrantless search of a home existed in this case.

The court dismissed all charges after an evidentiary hearing on the motions.