An affidavit sworn to by Brian J. Boeheim affirms that on or about 12/07/2017 Assistant District Attorney, Isaac Shields, told his co-counsel, Mark Morgan and Mr. Boeheim that Shields had "Listened at the door of the deliberation room" while the jury was deliberating on Tulsa County case CF-2016-4383.
Listening to jury deliberations is a violation of Oklahoma State Statute 21 OK Stat § 588 (2022), any person in violation of the statute "shall be guilty of a felony".
Subsequently, Shields was also found to have unlawfully observed jury deliberations in Rogers County case #CF-2018-0465.
Had it not been for the investigation in that case, his previous felonious behavior may have gone unaddressed in this instance, only being brought to light via defense counsel's independent investigation. The Rogers County and OSBI investigations into these matters resulted in the Oklahoma Bar Association President, Brian T. Hermanson, being appointed as the special prosecutor on these matters.
As of April 10, 2023, there is no publicly available record to indicate Mr. Hermanson has made any charging decision(s) in this matter. There is also no indication that the Office of General Counsel for the Oklahoma Bar Association has begun any disciplinary action, let alone filed any proceedings with the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
This is unacceptable considering top leadership within the Oklahoma Bar Association has not only been aware of the misconduct, but personally involved in the investigation since the summer of 2022, over nine(9) months later.
Last Updated 04/12/2023