CLAREMORE, Okla. - Multiple law enforcement agencies came together Wednesday to announce their intention to seek a formal investigation into the Rogers County district attorney and members of her staff.
Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown said a formal request would be issued to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Wednesday to look into possible criminal activity by District Attorney Janice Steidley and her office.
Steidley serves as district attorney for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties.
The various police departments allege criminal conduct by Steidley's office and conclude those suspected criminal misdoings have created an adversarial relationship between them and the DA's office.
Brown specifically sites a case involving Claremore investigator John Singer, who Steidley wanted investigated for perjury. OSBI investigated Singer at the directive of the Oklahoma attorney general's office, and according to Brown, the investigation yielded no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Singer.
SEE BROWN'S STATEMENT (http://bit.ly/14ZbtDF)
In a press release, Brown said the investigation's findings "confirm our stance on this matter since the initial allegation by Steidley" and the attorney general's office is not pursuing charges against Singer for perjury.
Brown says Steidley's allegations against Singer are part of a pattern of poor judgment.
District constituents are also calling for a grand jury to investigate Steidley and other elected officials.
READ: Petitioners seek grand jury investigation into elected officials (http://bit.ly/1ajqc0p)
Their petition alleges witness tampering, destruction of government records, filing false criminal reports, violating victim's rights,bid splitting and violating campaign finance laws.
They have until Oct. 11 to garner 4,400 signatures.
Steidley is expected respond to the announcement at 3:30 p.m. at the office of her attorney, Clark Brewster.
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