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Date: 04-13-2009

Case Style: State of Oklahoma v. Phillip Hardin Norman

Case Number: CF-2008-4634

Judge: Gordon D. McAllister, Jr.

Court: District Court, Tulsa County, Oklahoma

Plaintiff's Attorney: Steve Kunzweiler

Defendant's Attorney: Robert R. Nigh, Jr.

Description: The State of Oklahoma charged Phillip Hardin Norman first-degree manslaughter in violation of 21 O.S. 711, failure to pay taxes due the state in violation of 47 O.S. 1151(A)(5) in conjunction withe the death of Noel Moss, age 28, in a motorcycle accident on the 7th Street exit from the IDL in Downtown Tulsa. The Tulsa World's report about the cases stated:

"A Tulsa woman has died after a motorcycle accident on the Inner Dispersal Loop in downtown Tulsa early Thursday.

Noel Moss, 28, was a passenger on a Honda motorcycle that lost control and hit a concrete barrier on the Seventh Street ramp about 3 a.m., according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol accident report.

Moss was ejected over the barrier and fell 75 feet onto the grass below. She was taken to St. John Medical Center, where she died about 11:40 a.m.

The motorcycle's driver, 45-year-old Philip Hardin Norman of Tulsa, was not injured. Neither Moss nor Norman was wearing a helmet, according to the report.

He was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence, careless driving and having overdue taxes.

Norman was booked into the Tulsa jail about 5:30 a.m. with bond set $4,000, jail records show.

According to court documents, Norman pleaded guilty in May 2007 to driving while impaired. He received a six-month suspended sentence."

See: Tulsa World

Outcome: MCALLISTER, GORDON: DEFENDANT PRESENT, NOT IN CUSTODY, REPRESENTED BY ROBERT NIGH. STATE REPRESENTED BY STEVE KUNZWEILER. COURT REPORTER MARY HAWTHORNE. CASE CALLED FOR FINDING AND SENTENCING. REPORTS RECEIVED, COPIES FURNISHED TO PARTIES. DEFENDANT SWORN IN OPEN COURT. ONE WITNESS SWORN. DEFENDANT PREVIOUSLY ENTERED A PLEA OF NOLO CONTENDERE AND IS FOUND GUILTY BY THE COURT.

COUNT 1: DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO TEN (10) YEARS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ALL TIME SUSPENDED. DEFENDANT ASSESSED $1000 FINE, $1000 VCA, $250 PRESENTENCING INVESTIGATION FEE, COSTS.

COUNT 2: DISMISSED, COSTS TO STATE.

DEFENDANT TO COMPLETE 250 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH TULSA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT FOUR (4) YEARS FOR A TOTAL OF 1000 HOURS. DEFENDANT TO ATTEND VICTIMS IMPACT PANEL AND IS TO FUNCTION AS A SPEAKER.

DEFENDANT IS TO BE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR TWO (2) YEARS AND SIGNED RULES AND CONDITIONS OF PROBATION. DEFENDANT TO CONTINUE COUNSELING WITH DELLA BLACKBURN UNTIL RELEASED BY HER OR AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE SENTENCE. DEFENDANT IS TO ATTEND AA MEETINGS AT LEAST THREE TIMES PER WEEK. WHEN DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REINSTATED, DEFENDANT IS TO GET AN IGNITION INTERLOCK ON ANY VEHICLE HE DRIVES.

RULE 8 EXECUTED. DEFENDANT ADVISED OF APPEAL RIGHTS. BOND EXONERATED.

Plaintiff's Experts:

Defendant's Experts:

Comments: Editor's Note: The Defendant was the son of prominent Tulsa lawyer Charles Norman. Normally, a defendant who has caused the death of another person in a motor vehicle accident spends time in the custody of the Department of Corrections. There is no record of any civil claim of any kind having been filed by the guardian of Ms. Moss' children.



 
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