Oklahoma Appeals Court Tosses Murder Conviction Because of Judge, Prosecutor Sexual Relationship – Other Female Attorneys Also Admit Liaisons with Judge

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By The Vanguard Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A sexual relationship between the judge and a prosecutor in a murder case led to an Oklahoma appeals court last week throwing out a first-degree murder conviction.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, on a 3-2 vote, “ordered a new trial for defendant Robert Leon Hashagen III, who was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in 2021,” according to an Associated Press story.

The AP explained, “Hashagen’s attorneys later appealed after new evidence emerged of an undisclosed sexual relationship between the trial court judge, Timothy Henderson, and one of the prosecutors in the case.”

The court majority said “the undisclosed relationship violated Hashagen’s due process rights.” 

Henderson resigned in March 2021 after three female attorneys came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against him, said The AP, noting, “Henderson was never charged and has described the sexual involvement with two of the women as consensual.”

“My rulings were fair and supported by the evidence and facts presented by the attorneys,” Henderson said at an evidentiary hearing in November 2021, according to The AP report.

Henderson presided “over a number of high-profile criminal trials as a judge, including that of ex-Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who Henderson sentenced to life in prison in 2016 after he was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in Oklahoma City,” said the Associated Press.

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