Newest Okla. Supreme Court justice calls lawsuit challenging his eligibility 'frivolous'
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
The newest Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice calls the lawsuit challenging his eligibility to join the high court “frivolous.” Justice Patrick Wyrick filed his response to a challenged posed by two people who live in Oklahoma’s second judicial district.
Wyrick, who has lived in the Oklahoma City metro area the majority of his adult life, claims buying his childhood home and maintaining close contacts in southeastern Oklahoma satisfy the constitutional requirement of residence in the judicial district.
The court documents argue that citizens who filed the petition, and are represented by the ACLU of Oklahoma, cannot challenge his eligibility because no one in Oklahoma can challenge the work of the Judicial Nominating Commission. The JNC added Wyrick’s name to a list of three finalists that the governor made her final decision from for the high court.
In the event the court does agree with the challenge, Wyrick argues that his ownership of property in Atoka will hit the one-year mark by the time the court takes up the case. The constitution requires someone to be a “bona fide resident” of the judicial district for one-year prior to assuming a Supreme Court appointment.
The issue of eligibility is not Wyrick’s only concern. Sources tell FOX 25 he could also face a criminal investigation into his Fall of 2016 voter registration switch to Atoka County. Wyrick’s signature claiming he resides in Atoka is just below a warning that providing false information on a voting form is a felony.