|Photo by Jim Watkins taken in Oklahoma City, OK. on August 15, 2014|
A quick summary of the events...
In September of 2013, John Hoff sent in his application to take the Bar Exam in the State of Oklahoma.
This blog confirmed that information by contacting the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners.
All applicants are required to pass a moral character background check before they become licensed.
I quickly submitted documentation about Hoff that supported my character claim about his past to the board and was finally contacted by the attorney who represents the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners (OBBE). I was told there would be a hearing held before the board and I agreed to testify in person.
In February of 2014, the Oklahoma Bar Association held their Bar Exam and John Hoff was allowed to take the Exam. Hoff passed the exam but, he was not allowed to join the Bar Association due to his moral character and fitness status being under review.
On April 30, 2014 John Hoff met with the board's attorney to give a deposition that lasted a full day.
A hearing was held in Oklahoma City on August 14th and 15th, 2014 and I appeared to testify on the second day of the hearing and was questioned by the board's attorney and cross examined by John Hoff.
On October 17, 2014, the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners officially ruled to deny Hoff's application to join the Oklahoma Bar. They based their decision on evidence presented at the August Rule 11 hearing with their reasons summarized with their Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law. Click HERE to read that document.
On November 19, 2014, John Hoff filed a motion to appeal the board of bar examiners ruling. On the same day, Hoff filed a motion to proceed Informa Pauperis in an attempt to avoid having to pay the fees required to have the appeal heard by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Five days later, the OBBE's filed motions to strike and dismiss.
On December 10, 2014, Hoff filed a motion with the Supreme Court to seal the records pertaining to all of the events listed above and from that date forward.
On December 10, 2015, the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued the following ruling:
"JE: MOT AND AFF OF HOFF TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS DENIED. ETC. PURSUANT TO RULE 11 ETC, HOFF SH/FILE, W/IN 30 DAYS OF DATE OF TH/ORDER, GOOD AND SUFF BOND TO BE APPROVED BY CLERK OF SUP CT IN AN AMOUNT SUFF TO DEFRAY COSTS OF APPEAL, INCLUDING RULE 11 TRANS. FAILURE TO TIMELY FILE COST BOND ETC SH/RESULT IN DSML OF APPEAL. ALL JUSTICES CONCUR. C/ATTYS"
I find it difficult to read the document without being overly critical of the content written by Hoff. In a way it is simply upsetting to read his reasons for wanting the records sealed because, he really believes all the garbage he comes up with to support his motion. Thankfully, the justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court didn't agree with him at all and because of them ruling the motion as moot.... The document is now public information and this blog has obtained a copy for the public to see.
Below is a link that will allow readers to see the PDF file. Enjoy and more to come!
Click to read 14-page motion to seal records PDF file by Hoff