Ardmore attorney gets ready to file suit against district judge

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ARDMORE, OK - An attorney in Ardmore is getting ready to file suit against a Carter County district judge.

Jason May said that District Judge Dennis Morris is requiring indigent defendants to pay arbitrary fees in order to get a court-appointed attorney.

Oklahoma law allows for a $40 application fee, but May says the fees have been $500 or more.

He said he's gathering clients who've been affected for the suit and explains why he's taking on this case.

"Regardless of where the money goes the fact that he's charging it is clearly illegal," said May. "And I believe he should be held accountable for that."

The Judge's office said he legally cannot comment. May said that because Judge Morris is a state employee, he has to give 90 days notice before filing so the suit will likely be filed in May.