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My friend testified in a state investigation of the son of an influential lawyer in our community. He has been told that he cannot discuss his testimony with anyone. He is now being sued for defamation of character by the probable defendant in the federal case. He is being told by the district attorney and the county judge that he must submit to a deposition with questions from the probable defendant. (The county judge and the district attorney have repeatedly neglected to send information to the attorney general's office regarding the case - they are friends and political cronies of the attorney in question.) They sent a supoena to the state agency requesting their records of what was said by my friend. The agency has filed paperwork to quash the supoena and sent my friend a copy of the law which states that he cannot be sued in civil court based on his testimony and that he is not allowed to share his testimony. He has asked for legal aid (he is on welfare and food stamps) and they say that they don't have the resources to handle his case. He really needs someone to help him to not be bullied into violating the law by this lawyer and his cronies by answering their questions.
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. I would like to assist you with you question today.

When you say that the agency has filed a motion to quash, was this motion filed by the State Attorney General's office?
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago
It was filed by the agency but it does have the signature of an assistant state attorney general on the last page.
Thank you for that additional information. What question are you asking?
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago
My friend is slow and has difficulty communicating. He can't afford an attorney and the legal aid people say they can't handle his case. No area attorneys will even look at his case. Is there any way he can get someone to help him. His father tried to help him yesterday in the hearing for the postponement and the judge threatened to throw him in jail just for telling his son to give a copy of the papers that the agency sent him.

How can we get him some help in the courtroom?
What city is Oklahoma is the filed?
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I put Waurika down in my first reply to this. Please do not contact any Waurika attorneys. There are only two and one of them is the attorney I mentioned in my description of the case and the other is his junior partner.
I would not contact them. It is very small town, that is part of the problem he is facing.

Here is a link to a list of services that provide low cost or free representation. He should try contacting these. If the provider is not able to assist him , he should inquire if they are aware of someone who can represent him.

http://www.okbar.org/public/LegalServices/LowCostorNoCostLegalAssistance.aspx

http://oklaw.org/find-legal-help/directory

He may also want to contact the AG that filed the motion to quash and see if he can refer him to an attorney.

If he has questions about the legal process, I'd be more than happy to help answer those.

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