District attorney addresses controversy

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Updated: 9/05/2013 9:18 am Published: 9/04/2013 10:14 pm

After days of remaining silent, District 12 District Attorney Janice Steidley spoke with FOX23.

"Janice has chosen to make sure that any officer that wants to prosecute, that she verifies to make sure it's reliable and accurate," said Steidley's attorney, Clark
"Brewster. "I think the people of Oklahoma should be proud of this woman."

"We have had issues with agencies where I've had to hold them accountable," said Steidley.

Wednesday morning, a band of officers and deputies from Rogers, Mayes and Craig Counties stood together. They called for Steidley to step down.

"There is a broken relationship; we do not take this lightly," said Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown. "We see this as the only way through a broken system."

Brown told FOX23 he has spoken with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He said the meeting is a formal request for investigators to look into criminal allegations against Steidley and her staff.

The allegations are spelled out in a petition for a grand jury investigation.

"There is a tight little circle there where everyone is interrelated," said Steidley.

Petitioners said Steidley and her staff tampered with witnesses and wiretapped courthouse phone lines. Some members of law enforcement told FOX23 it made them afraid to do their jobs.

"I think this relationship, or lack of it far exceeds anything that's reparable," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton

"We're going to continue to do our job, that's what I was hired to do," said Steidley.

Petitioners were given 45 days to gather signatures to convene a grand jury.

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