Attorney general files motion to dismiss Oklahoma Supreme Court lawsuit

Monday, January 24th 2005, 9:34 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A lawsuit in which Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian Opala accuses fellow justices of discrimination ought to be thrown out of court.

That's the judgment of Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Edmondson represents Chief Justice Joseph Watt and the seven other justices Opala sued.

Edmondson filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Monday in US District Court. It says Opala doesn't have a ``federal case'' against his colleagues and that even if he did, Supreme Court justices have legal immunity from the lawsuit.

Opala alleges he was discriminated against when his fellow justices gave Watt a second consecutive two-year term as chief justice.

The 83-year-old Opala says his age was a significant factor in the alleged discrimination.