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STATEMENT: Worthen Comments on Process Server Incident in Tulsa
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Rande Worthen (R-Lawton) released the following statement in light of last week”s incident where a private process server was shot while sewing court papers in Tulsa:
Communication & Public Affairs – Office of State Rep. Rande Worthen
“This past session, I looked to strengthen laws to help protect our state’s private process servers. As officers of the court, they play an important role in ensuring our judicial system runs as smoothly as possible.
Unfortunately, they sometimes find themselves in dangerous situations while fulfilling their duties. Wednesdays incident in Tulsa, where a private process server was shot while serving papers, highlights the need to provide additional measures to keep them safe.
I plan to readdress this policy next session, where we’ll have an opportunity to continue working to hopefully provide protection for private process servers. I hope that, in light of this regrettable incident, my fellow lawmakers will realize the importance of safeguarding our state’s private process servers and we can get this legislation passed into law this year.”
Worthen filed House Bill 1162 during the 2019 legislative session, which would classify harming a licensed process server as a Misdemeanor, with punishments of up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $1,0G0, or both.
Rep. Rande Worthen represents District 64 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes portions of Lawton and Comanche County.
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Hose Bill 1235 was introduced into the Oklahoma House by Mike Osburn (R) Oklahoma County on January 18, 2017. It was passed by the House May 11, 2017. Passed the Senate April, 2017 and was signed by the Governor May 17, 2017
HB1235: “SERVICE SHALL BE MADE AS FOLLOWS: UPON AN INMATE IN A COUNTY JAIL OR DETENTION CENTER UNDER THE JURISDICTION AND CONTROL OF THE COUNTY SHERIFF OR THE JAIL TRUST OF THE COUNTY BY DELIVERING A COPY OF THE SUMMONS AND OF THE PETITION TO THE JAIL OR DETENTION CENTER ADMINISTRATOR OR THE DESIGNEE OF SUCH ADMINISTRATOR OF THE JAIL OR DETENTION CENTER WHERE THE INMATE IS HOUSED.”
Oklahoma Sooner Process Server Association has just received a report from our member in Alva – Gregory Smith, that he was nearly killed when an angry woman attempted to ran over him today. Gregory was able to put his hands on the hood of the car to push himself away from the vehicle coming right at him.
Gregory tells us that he did not have his car camera on because he knew the people. He also says that is a dumb reason not to use your car camera because look what happened when he was not prepared. It sure would have helped the police and their investigation.
At this point, the D.A. doesn’t know if he wants to files charges. D.A. is saying this is a he said, she said situation and does not have physical proof of a crime. We are getting geared up just in case he chooses not to file.
For those of you who think all this can’t happen to you, think again!
We have a dangerous job and you should never, ever forget that!!! You should always be on your guard and be alert to your surroundings and what people near you are doing. Just think what could have happened to Gregory if he hadn’t been on his guard and this was caused by people he was acquainted with not strangers like most of us deal with.