Federal bankruptcy court closes shop in McAlester

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The court functions in McAlester's federal building have shut down as a way to cut costs.

The last session took place on Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District.

Federal courts have operated in McAlester for more than 100 years. Now, the federal building will house an FBI office and a credit union.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that Bankruptcy Judge Tom Cornish says the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is closing satellite courthouses to trim its budget. Cornish will now preside in Okmulgee.

Cornish says he traveled to McAlester once every two months, typically to hear motions in bankruptcy cases.

McAlester is the last of the satellite courts to close in the Eastern District. Courts at Ada, Ardmore and Durant have already shuttered.

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