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Patricia G. Parrish

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Patricia G. Parrish
Current Court Information:
Oklahoma District 7
Title:   Judge
Position:   Oklahoma County
Active:   2003-1/13/2019
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Oklahoma State University, 1979
Law School:   University of Oklahoma, 1982
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  District 7
Position:  Not on ballot
State:  Oklahoma
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Patricia G. Parrish is an Oklahoma district judge for Oklahoma County, which is located in District Seven.[1] She first joined the court in 2003.[2] She was most recently re-elected in 2014 after running unopposed. Her current term expires on January 13, 2019.[3]



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.[3]


Parrish was re-elected to the district court after running unopposed.[4]

Main article: Oklahoma judicial elections, 2010


Parrish received a B.A. in political science from Oklahoma State University in 1979. In 1982, she earned a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.[2]


Prior to her judicial appointment, Parrish worked in private practice.[2]

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[5]

Notable cases

Judge rules Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional (2014)

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.[6][7]

Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham argued, "What is the point of having the information if there's nothing you can do with it?"[6] 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."[6]

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.[8][9]

See also

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