Here are a few great stories from the January - April 2015 edition of
The Oklahoma Prosecutor
District Attorneys Take Oath of Office
Seven newly elected District Attorneys joined 20 returning District Attorneys this term, as they were sworn into office on January 5, 2015. Presiding at the ceremony was Chief Judge David Lewis, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
District Attorneys in the state of Oklahoma (from left to right): John Wampler; Kevin Buchanan; Chris Ross; Emily Redman; Mark Matloff; Jason Hicks; David Prater; Richard Smothermon; Angela Marsee; Laura Austin Thomas; Judge David Lewis; Craig Ladd; Rob Barris; Max Cook; Brian Kuester; Mike fields; Mike Boring; Brian Hermanson; Rex Duncan; Matt Ballard; Kenny Wright; Steve Kunzweiler; Orvil Loge; Jeff Smith; Farley Ward; Greg Mashburn; and Chris Boring.
Not pictured: Fred Smith
Breedlove Recognized with National Honor
Suzanne Breedlove, Director of Victim Services at the District Attorneys Council, was selected to receive the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award. This award, first announced during the 2005 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Awards Ceremony, honors those whose leadership, vision, and innovation have led to significant changes in public policy and practice that benefit crime victims. The award is one of 11 given by the Department of Justice in different categories during National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Ms. Breedlove was presented with the award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2015.
The public policy changes instituted by Ms. Breedlove inspired former District Attorney Dianne Barker Harrold to nominate her for this honor. Three years ago, Ms. Breedlove developed a grant proposal to fund much-needed outreach to Indian County. The project received funding, and has become a model for the nation.
Ms. Breedlove, who serves as Director of the District Attorneys Council's Victim Services Division, has spent more than 30 years in victim services. Her passion and dedication to serve has benefited many throughout the state and nationwide. We are proud to recognize and thank her for her continued service.
In Loving Memory of Stephen Booker
The Oklahoma prosecutorial community mourns the passing of Assistant District Attorney Stephen Earl Booker. Mr. Book, age 40, passed away March 20, 2015 at his residence in Altus, OK. Services were held in his memory on March 24, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Altus.
Stephen was born in Altus on November 1, 1974, to Earl and Shirley (Wyatt) Booker. He attended Altus public schools, and graduated from Altus High School in 1993. On June 5, 2001, Stephen married the love of his life, Robin (Murphy) Thompson, and they spent 14 wonderful years together, until his untimely death. Stephen earned his Bachelor degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and completed his Juris Doctorate at Oklahoma City School of Law. He was admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar in 2004. From 1998 until 2004, Stephen worked for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. After graduating from law school, Stephen worked for a short time with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System. In December 2004, he began his career with the Jackson County District Attorney's Office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney.
Stephen loved his work and his coworkers at the Jackson County Courthouse. He took special pride in protecting the rights of abused and neglected children. Stephen loved reading, studying history, and traveling with his wife, Robin. He was also an avid University of Oklahoma football and Dallas Cowboys fan. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Stephen was a dedicated public servant, who will be missed dearly by his friends, his family, and the community.