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Inside A Judge’s Rehab: Unpaid Work At A Local Coca-Cola Plant

Dec 4, 2017
While at SOAR in Ada, Okla., defendants must work full time for free at a local Coca-Cola bottling plant and other companies, under threat of prison if they don’t comply.
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Retired Oklahoma Judge Thomas Landrith is hailed as a hero of criminal justice reform.

He started the first rural drug court in the nation and has reaped awards for sending defendants to treatment rather than prison. Most judges in the state model their drug courts after his.

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Federal prosecutors say a lawsuit against a Tulsa hotel owner for allegedly discriminating against a disabled Air Force veteran because he was accompanied by a service dog at check-in has been resolved.

But an attorney for the hotel says the matter is still being litigated.

The government announced Monday an agreement between Jeffrey Crockett and Sairam Enterprises Inc. LLC, the owner of the Days Inn and Conference Center.

William Lunn, an attorney for the hotel, says the matter is still in litigation and declined comment on the announced resolution.

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Authorities are investigating after a 23-year-old inmate was found dead in her cell at the Pontotoc County jail.

Sheriff John Christian says a jailer discovered Tammy Jordan of Ada unresponsive in her cell Monday. The sheriff tells The Ada News that Jordan was pronounced dead by emergency responders.

Christian says there were no signs of foul play and that Jordan was alone in her cell when she died. The state medical examiner's office will determine Jordan's cause of death.