Patricia G. Parrish
|Patricia G. Parrish|
|Current Court Information:|
|Oklahoma District 7|
|Past position:||Attorney in private practice|
|Undergraduate:||Oklahoma State University, 1979|
|Law School:||University of Oklahoma, 1982|
|Candidate for:||District 7|
|Position:||Not on ballot|
|Election information 2014:|
Patricia G. Parrish is an Oklahoma district court judge for Oklahoma County, which is located in District 7. She first joined the court in 2003, and her current term expires in 2014. She filed for re-election in 2014, but due to facing no opposition, was automatically elected to a new term that expires in 2018.
- See also: Oklahoma judicial elections, 2014
| Parrish ran for re-election to the 7th District Court.
As an unopposed incumbent, she was automatically re-elected without appearing on the ballot.
Parrish was re-elected to the district court after running unopposed.
- Main article: Oklahoma judicial elections, 2010
Prior to her judicial appointment, Parrish worked in private practice.
Awards and associations
- 2011: Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award, Oklahoma Bar Association
- 2009: Judge of the Year Award, Oklahoma Association for Justice
- 2007: Journal Record Leadership in Law Award
- 2006: Hennessey High School Hall of Fame
- Member, Oklahoma Trial Judges Association
- Member, Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Voices for Children Committee
- Master, William J. Holloway Jr., American Inn of Court
Judge rules Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional
Judge Parrish ruled against Oklahoma's execution law on March 26, 2014, declaring it to be unconstitutional for its strict privacy provision. Under the law, no one is able to disclose the source of the drugs used in the lethal injections. This became an issue when inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, who were scheduled to be executed in April 2014, inquired about the purity of the drugs that were to be used to kill them.
Judge Parrish stated:
|“||I think that the secrecy statute is a violation of due process because access to the courts has been denied.||”|
Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham argued, "What is the point of having the information if there's nothing you can do with it?" Lockett and Warner, however, have said that they are afraid that if the drugs are impure, they may suffer more painful deaths. Their fears may have spawned from Michael Wilson's final words when he was executed by a three-drug injection in January of 2014. He said, "I feel my whole body burning."Lockett was executed on April 29, 2014, but died of a heart attack rather than the injection because the chemicals did not properly enter Lockett's veins. Warner's execution was then postponed for 180 days due to Lockett's problematic death.
- Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma County and Judges"
- Oklahoma County website, "Patricia G. Parrish bio," January 16, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2014"
- Oklahoma State Board of Elections, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2010"
- The Hennessey Clipper, "Bar Association honors HHS grad Patti Parrish and the late Judge Susie," September 22, 2011
- Huffington Post, "Judge Finds Oklahoma Execution Law Unconstitutional," March 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- KJRH, "Execution of Clayton Lockett fails, dies of heart attack...," April 29, 2014
- The Guardian, "Oklahoma agrees to 180-day stay of execution for death-row inmate." May 8, 2014