Former TCSO sheriff testifies in civil suit

Posted at 4:57 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 20:33:12-05

TULSA – The civil suit involving Stanley Glanz continued Wednesday with the former Tulsa County sheriff taking the stand.

The lawsuit alleges that the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office failed to provide adequate housing, supervision and security to the plaintiff. 

Former Sheriff Stanely Glanz is cited as the defendant and is being represented by attorney Clark Brewster. The plaintiff’s attorney is Dan Smolen.

Wednesday’s questioning continued the look into Tulsa County Jail policies. Glanz, the person who implemented the policies, discussed them in front of a jury.

After pressure from the plaintiff’s attorney, Dan Smolen, Glanz testified to the court that he violated several of those rules. He told jurors that placing the juvenile victim and another female inmate inside the medical wing – something they've done for over 10 years – was in violation of jail policy.

After hearing testimony from former detention officers that said the accused jailer entered the victim's cell alone, Glanz later testified that that, too, was in violation of policy.

There was also a male inmate within speaking distance of the inmates and Glanz admitted that too was a violation.

After a lunch recess, Glanz returned and defended the jail operations saying, “There are exceptions to policy. Real life presents exceptions to everyday policies.”

One male juror was asked to leave Tuesday during the trial in a civil suit involving former Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz. Despite the dismissal, the trial continued with the existing jury, five men and two women. As of now, no specific reason was given for a dismissal.

The judge did, however, remind the remaining seven jurors not to discuss the case with anyone, post about it on social media or watch any news coverage.

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