Oklahoma District Judge Suspended for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

A petition purportedly filed on June 27 before the court of Chief Justice John Kane IV of Oklahoma said that Associate District Judge Brian Lovell (58) had been suspended for sexual misbehavior and corruption during court hours.

An interim suspension was imposed on the Garfield County Judge without delay, as stated in the petition. He allegedly engaged in sexual activity with court employees while they were on the clock and exchanged sexually explicit texts and photos with them.

The letter states that Lovell’s alleged sexual misbehavior started in 2011 when he was employed but did not tell authorities about his connection with bailiff Natalie Marshall. The bailiff resigned after she admitted the relationship. Lovell was allowed to keep his post despite this misbehavior by a decision of five district judges.

During courtroom hours in 2023, Lovell and Cynthia Tubbs, who was appointed to replace Marshall in 2011, engaged in sexual behavior and exchanged explicit photographs and text messages, according to the petition.

In his answer, Lovell said that the two just exchanged amorous texts and denied that they ever engaged in sexual behavior, as stated in the petition. However, the charges were corroborated by Tubbs. Claims of text conversations exchanged between the two make mention of their physical interactions.

Lovell is also accused of corruption and excessive partiality for allegedly working with an attorney illegally on several instances. He reportedly also tried to get a lawyer to lie.

According to the petition, Lovell evaded disciplinary punishment on many occasions by not showing up for or participating in meetings of the Council on Judicial Complaints.

Oklahoma and Texas both have indictments against Judge Lovell for drive-by shootings. Last September, Lovell faced indictment in Texas for allegedly opening fire on six vehicles outside of a Mexican restaurant in Austin.

The source said that Lovell reportedly opened fire on his brother-in-law’s Oklahoma home in February 2023.

Lovell’s lawyer, Stephen Jones, said that the Judge and his loved ones were the targets of an effort to shame and defame them via the petition. Jones rejected his client’s culpability for a host of offenses, such as blatant partiality, oppression,  conduct of any act involving moral turpitude while in office, and gross negligence of duty.

Lovell’s hearing for removal is set for July 30, and he has til the eighth of July to appeal his suspension.