Kendra Coleman, the erstwhile Oklahoma County district judge who was summarily ousted from her position by the state’s group of judges that passes on the ethics of elected judges, showed up late last week to file as a candidate to be elected again.
Election officials turned her down, telling her she is disqualified for ever running for a county district judge position.
“On advice of legal counsel from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, your declaration of candidacy has not been accepted,” state Election Board secretary Paul Ziriax told her on April 13.
Dejectedly, she turned and walked away.
Miss Coleman was elected in 2018 and ousted in 2020.
She attempted on April 13 to file for election again to her district court seat.
She did not succeed.
The Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary removed her from office on misconduct grounds. The court found by a 6-3 vote that she had committed oppression in office, violated the Code of Judicial Conduct multiple times and broke ethics rules involving her 2018 campaign.
That court did not disqualify her from holding judicial office again, but state law stipulates that “no one who has been removed from judicial office shall qualify to file as a candidate for judicial office.”
The ousted judge kicked off efforts in October to run for election again.
She loaned her campaign $1,000 and paid for buttons and flyers, records show.
On the morning of Wednesday of last week, Miss Coleman showed up at the Oklahoma Election Board to file her paperwork.
“It’s Candidate Filing Day!!!!!” she posted on Facebook.
The judge candidate got into trouble even before she was elected.
That was with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, which said she had failed to timely file campaign contributions reports.
Then, there were questions about whether she was trying to payback large campaign contributors in the courtroom.
After that, there were questions about she was being verbally abusive toward defendants in her courtroom.
Questions then arose about whether she had failed to pay parking tickets and about whether she had failed to timely file state income tax returns.
Eventually, the Oklahoma Supreme Court stepped in to discipline her, and she was put on probation, so to speak, and placed under the tutelage of another judge.
She had all criminal cases removed from her docket, then, the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary held hearings before that court removed her from office.
Sometime after her ouster, Anthony L. Bonner Jr., a civil litigator, was appointed to complete the ousted judge’s term and had already raised more than $40,000 in campaign donation as of March 31, records show