Indicted Oklahoma judge is removed from criminal trials
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge facing a felony charge of failing to file her state income tax returns has been removed from presiding over criminal trials.
The Oklahoman reports that Judge Kendra Coleman was reassigned Friday by Presiding Judge Ray C. Elliott to handle victim protective order requests and mental health cases.
Coleman is facing a felony charge for failing to pay state taxes in 2017, was admonished by the state Supreme Court for failing to pay her taxes and more than 60 parking tickets, and has been found in contempt by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Coleman’s attorney, Joe White, has called the felony indictment “false on its face,” saying the taxes were eventually paid.
The judge’s attorney has also said the contempt citation must be more specific about the allegations against her.