Motions Denied in Former OK Insurance Commissioner Fisher Case

W.A. Drew Edmondson, Attorney General
December 19, 2005


The trial of former state insurance commissioner Carroll Fisher will proceed as scheduled after an Oklahoma County district judge today denied two motions filed by Fisher’s attorneys.

Oklahoma County District Judge Susan Caswell this morning denied Fisher’s change of venue motion and upheld the state’s bribery charge after denying claims that the defendant could not receive a fair trial in Oklahoma County and that the state had engaged in selective and vindictive prosecution.

“I am pleased the judge recognized these motions for what they were,” Edmondson said. “Fisher has tried every legal maneuver in the books to evade trial on these charges. We will continue to fight any future attempts at delay and remain steadfast in our pursuit of justice. We will be prepared for trial in February.”

Fisher was named in Multicounty Grand Jury indictments in February, July and October 2004. He faces charges of bribery, embezzlement, tax evasion, perjury, charity fraud and failure to pay over money to the state.

The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6 in Oklahoma County District Court. Fisher’s former special assistant, Opal Ellis, also faces several charges as does the Fisher Foundation, a charity run by the former commissioner.
 
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