Oklahoma Judge Who Sentenced Child Rapist To 1 Year Under Fire

June 14, 2009

Oklahoma (ChattahBox) – A District Judge Tom Bartheld may be forced to step down from his position as an officer of the court, after he sentences a man who admitted to raping and sodomizing a four year old girl over several months to only one year in jail.

The one year sentence (which includes time served, which will bump it down to three months), was a show of gross negligence in the case. While Oklahoma attorney general Drew Edmondson is still gathering facts to the chagrin of many, two state legislators Mike Ritze and Mike Reynolds have filed a bill that, if passed by the House of Representatives, would ask a state court to remove the judge from office, and have his sentence turned for a harsher punishment.  By the way, not sure why the district attorney who agreed to the plea bargain is also not under fire.

64-year-old David Earls admitted to raping the four year old girl over the course of four months, including sodomy. It is also suspected that he may have raped and abused her five year old brother. He was arrested after the children told their grandmother, the Pryor Daily Times reports.  Bartheld dismissed the charge against the five year old brother, during Earls’ May 13 sentencing, “based upon the recommendation of the district attorney,” according to court records. Though Earls gave a full confession, and there was overwhelming evidence to the charges, District Judge Tom Bartheld and District Attorney Jim Bob Miller felt that a year served of a 2o month sentence was enough, and sent him on his way.

“What I know about the case at this point in time is that I was very disturbed by reports of the sentence in that case,” Attorney General Drew Edmondson who is making a run at govenor was quoted as saying by the Pryor Daily Times. Edmondson said said he will receive a report from the lawyers in his office “in due course,” before deciding if he will take action. Truthfully as an outsider looking in it appears like the two state reps. have raised the heat on Edmonson who is now trying to save face without ruining his political ambitions.  Let’s hope politics doesn’t get in the way of punishing vile criminals and judges and district attorney’s that for whatever reason have failed to protect our children.


Comments

7 Responses to “Oklahoma Judge Who Sentenced Child Rapist To 1 Year Under Fire”

  1. Diaa on June 16th, 2009 8:30 am

    Remind me to NEVER visit Oklahoma.

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  4. Bonnie Russell on June 16th, 2009 4:00 pm

    Missing from all coverage on the David Earl case was a reminder it’s the job of the DA is to search for the truth.

    Als missing from coverage is salary raises for DAs are based on conviction rates.

    Also missing, was the DA didn’t trust a jury to suss out the truth.

    Bad coverage all the way around. Which is why the people always need to remember its their job to keep elected officials on the straight and narrorw.

    Not only should the judge step down, but he should probably take the DA with him.

    Justice was not in any way served in this case. And yet, key elements weren’t even in mainstream media.

    That’s pretty bad for the ‘fourth estate.”

    It’s appropriate to remind readers of this.

  5. debt relief on June 17th, 2009 2:59 pm

    both of them deserve to die

  6. charlene on June 27th, 2009 5:27 pm

    I am so glad to hear that someone in our oklahoma government cares enough to take action on the judge for his ruling. the family of thoughs children and especially the children will be haunted by that mans sick ways for there entire life. i can not believe the little girl wasn’t given her rights to the jessica law on this case. i personally believe in an eye for an eye and the lord will see to it that he will get the maxium sentence here on earth i pray but god will definately punish him in the hereafter. my hearts and prayers are with the children and the family.

  7. I am a mother of a victim on January 16th, 2010 8:04 am

    The nasty sick perverts are protected. This just shows the system can care less. If the law is 25 years to Life then that is what they get. The law sets a minimum sentence and there should be no plea for a lesser sentence. NO MATTER WHAT. The minimum is the minimum, no less. Petition to Protect our Children. Sign the Petition.
    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/protectyourchildren

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