By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor
A document was filed in Rogers County District Court Tuesday showing that petitioners had submitted more than 2,500 valid signatures over the minimum needed to call a grand jury.
The document showed that the board had found that 6,994 signatures on grand jury petitions had been determined to be those of registered Rogers County voters.
Petitioners had gathered 7,711 signatures, of which 767 were ruled invalid.
District Court Clerk Kim Henry’s office has scanned all the signatures into the online state court records system, and they can be accessed by clicking this link http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/getimage.tif?submitted=true&casemasterid=244419&db=ROGERS&barcode=1023241969
The District Judge handling the petition has set a hearing for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 to officially determine if sufficient signatures have been filed to convene a grand jury probe.
Grady County District Judge Richard G. Van Dyck had also reversed himself on Monday, dissolving an order he had issued Oct. 2 sealing signatures of those who signed grand jury petitions.
He had granted the original order without a hearing at the request of Claremore Police Investigator John Singer.
Joel Wohlgemuth, attorney for petition targets District Attorney Janice Steidley and assistants David Iski and M. Bryce Lair, had asked that the order be reversed.
However, Judge Van Dyck instead rejected Wohlgemuth’s motion and instead dissolved the closure order “in the interest of justice and transparency.”
He also rejected Wohlgemuth’s motion to recuse himself from the case and accused the Tulsa attorney of improper actions and of attempting to bully him.
Wohlgemuth on Tuesday filed a motion seeking a date change for the hearing on the signatures, citing a scheduling conflict.
No responses or rulings had been filed involving his motion at the close of business on Tuesday.
to his motion
Editor’s note: Those interested in keeping track of the case can review filings as they are made at www.oscn.net. Go to the court dockets section and look up case GJ-2013-1 under Rogers County.
Major developments will be posted on Oologah.net , and a complete story will appear in the Oct. 17 issue of the Leader.