Oklahoma Cannabis Attorney Ronald Durbin Running For Mayor Arrested on Battery Warrant

Law & Crime report

A beleaguered pot attorney suing the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and facing a complaint in the state’s Supreme Court for misconduct was arrested just after he announced he was running for mayor.

Ronald Durbin was arrested in an incident captured on video Wednesday outside the Tulsa County courthouse. The video, shared by Durbin’s law firm, shows him being tackled by deputies and handcuffed.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa!” he screams while lying facedown on the ground. “What the f— are you doing?”


A woman yells, “He has a heart condition!” and Durbin screams for an ambulance.

In the video, he can be seen being wheeled on a stretcher, but officials did not say what injuries he might have had. He told a local station he suffered bruises in the incident. Authorities said they cleared him medically before booking him into the Tulsa County Jail. He was released an hour later on $1,000 bond, online jail booking records show. He’s set to be arraigned next Wednesday, online court records show.

In a statement emailed to Law&Crime, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office defended the actions of its deputies, saying they acted appropriately and followed state law and department policies.

Durbin didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Durbin Law Firm is located in downtown Tulsa and offers a full array of legal services including probate, estate planning, corporate formation and compliance, divorce, personal injury, and criminal defense. Comprised of four attorneys, Durbin Law Firm was founded with the idea of providing quality legal representation with the lowest legal expenses related to representation. Accordingly, we strive to develop long-lasting professional relationships with our clients. Durbin Law Firm has a friendly and efficient staff that will be there to assist you in ever step of the process. We answer our phones 24/7 in the event of an issue requiring an immediate legal opinion. At Durbin Law Firm, we are always available to ensure that when you need us, you are not at the mercy of business hours. Who We Are: Ronald E. Durbin, II – Managing Partner Spencer C. Pittman – Associate Attorney Jamie A. Miller – Associate Attorney Mark Heidenreiter – Associate Attorney

Website https://www.facebook.com/DurbinLawFirm

In a video taken after he was released from jail, Durbin said the arrest was a setup, and he had tried to surrender earlier to face charges on the warrant but had been turned away, Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV reported.

“This was all setup, so they could do this and embarrass me and arrest me when I showed up for a hearing,” said Durbin, the station reported.

The warrant stemmed from an incident in the spring when he allegedly shoved a security guard blocking his way into City Hall after allegedly refusing to go through the security process, the news outlet reported.

Durbin has filed several lawsuits against the city and Mayor G.T. Bynum over the release of city records and violations of the open meetings act. The lawyer says that he has been “fighting against government corruption for some time,” the news station reported.

The city of Tulsa declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

The Oklahoma Bar Association filed a complaint in the state’s Supreme Court against Durbin on Friday, alleging professional misconduct, threats, and hostile and unprofessional behavior.

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