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Judge found in contempt by Oklahoma watchdog agency

December 19, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this file photo provided by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Oklahoma County Judge Kendra Coleman is pictured in an undated photo. Coleman has been found in contempt by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission for failing to turn over subpoenaed records. (Oklahoma Supreme Court via AP, File)
FILE - In this file photo provided by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Oklahoma County Judge Kendra Coleman is pictured in an undated photo. Coleman has been found in contempt by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission for failing to turn over subpoenaed records. (Oklahoma Supreme Court via AP, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge has been found in contempt by a state watchdog agency for failing to turn over subpoenaed records.

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission voted 3-0 last week to find Judge Kendra Coleman in contempt. The Oklahoman newspaper reports the commission did not identify Coleman by name, but the judge herself revealed she was the target when she filed a complaint on Wednesday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In the complaint, Coleman’s attorneys contend the agency must be more specific about the allegations against her and the campaign.

Coleman is facing a felony charge for failing to pay state taxes in 2017.

Earlier this month, the state’s high court admonished Coleman for failing to pay her taxes and more than 60 parking tickets, but narrowly decided against filing a petition for her removal. She also was reprimanded for filing to properly file campaign reports.

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