Here are a few great stories from our recent edition of The Oklahoma Prosecutor!
It's All in the Family:
The Borings Create Oklahoma History
Mike Boring, District 1 & Chris Boring, District 26
With Chris Boring’s recent election win for District Attorney in district 26, he and his father—DA Mike Boring— are making history as the first family members to hold District Attorney positions at the same time. Beginning January 2015, the Borings will both be serving as District Attorneys, heading up the majority of Northwestern Oklahoma. Never before have a father and son served as District Attorneys simultaneously in the history of our state.
Chris has been attracted to the study of law since he was a young boy. While watching his father serve as DA, Chris studied political science at OSU then went on to earn his law degree from OCU. He practiced at a law firm for a few years before being elected as Woodward’s Assistant District Attorney in 2011.
The Borings are happy to be serving the state of Oklahoma together. Chris told NewsOK in a recent interview: “There’s always something unique or something you haven’t dealt with come up, and it’s nice to have a well-respected and experienced District Attorney you can call and bounce things off of... It just so happens to be my father.”
David Prater Inducted into
Law Enforcement Hall of Fame
David Prater was inducted into the state Law Enforcement Hall of Fame on December 13, 2014. This is the only Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation in Oklahoma.
David Prater began his law enforcement career at 19 years of age when he was hired by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. At the age of 20, Mr. Prater became the youngest cadet ever to graduate from the Norman Police Academy. During his time with the NPD, he was a dedicated and respected Master Police Officer. In addition to his patrol duties, he was a member NPD’s Tactical Unit, Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team and the Norman Police Department’s Pistol Team. Additionally, he was responsible for training other officers in patrol techniques, firearms, and Emergency Vehicle Operations and was awarded more than 20 commendations from Norman’s Chief of Police. In 1988, Mr. Prater left the police department to complete his Law Enforcement Administration Degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1991, he began law school at the University of Oklahoma, graduating in just two and a half years. From 1993 until 2001, he served Oklahoma County and the state as an Assistant District Attorney under Bob Macy and as an Assistant Attorney General, in the Grand Jury Unit, under Attorney General Drew Edmondson.
David was elected in 2006 to the position of Oklahoma County District Attorney. He assumed the office in 2007, and was again elected in 2010. He ran unopposed in the recent election cycle of 2014, and will begin his third term of office in January. David heads the largest prosecutor’s office in Oklahoma, leading a staff of 148, including 65 attorneys.
Criminal Law Section Recognizes Austin and Siess as Advocates of the Year
The Oklahoma Bar Association Criminal Law Section awarded their prestigious Professional Advocate of the Year Award to District 21 Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Austin and District 6 Assistant District Attorney Cortnie Siess. The awards were presented at the Section’s annual luncheon November 12, 2014, at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa.
The award goes annually to a prosecutor who represents federal or state government in Oklahoma, exercises prosecutorial discretion in an equitable manner toward the community as a whole, exhibits superior advocacy skills and consistently shows professionalism, courtesy and respect to opposing counsel in the spirit of the adversarial system.
Jennifer Austin, District 21
Assistant District Attorney, pictured with her father, Jack Pointer
Jennifer Austin is recognized for being a “trial dog” with “consistent values of fairness and justice [that] drives her to strive for that perfect balance of safety for the public and safety of the community and the punishment for the crime.”
Courtnie Siess, District 6
Assistant District Attorney
The nomination for Cortnie Siess characterized her as having “a genuine concern about being fair to all parties” and being “firm and unyielding when the circumstance require, but is also compassionate when it is appropriate.” She was also lauded for working behind the scenes in cases and refusing to try cases in the court of public opinion.