Secret Hearing Held Regarding Daniel Holtzclaw Trial

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Originally Published 7/10/2017 | Updated 7/28/2017 (By Brian Bates) -- A super secret, two-day, closed-door hearing was held June 26 and 27 in Oklahoma County Judge Timothy Henderson's courtroom. All that's known for certain about the hearing is that it was filed "under seal" by the prosecution and that it's the Court of Criminal Appeals that sent it back to Oklahoma County District Court for a decision.

Below is the May 4, 2017 motion journal entry as it appeared on OSCN.net, under Daniel Holtzclaw's appeal case information...

KOKH Fox25's Phil Cross summed up the suspicious nature of the appeal and it's secrecy in the news story below, which aired on June 2, 2017...

In a move that should concern all Oklahomans, literally everyone except the prosecution was barred from participating or observing the hearing. Neither Daniel Holtzclaw, his attorney, nor the public were allowed to attend the two-day hearing and only learned it had taken place after a journal entry appeared on the Oklahoma State Courts Network website (OSCN.net), under Daniel Holtzclaw's criminal case information, as shown below...

Several local news outlets have specifically requested additional details from the state about the hearing, or at the very least, an indication of what law allows the prosecution to hold these hearings in total secrecy in an otherwise public courtroom - none of those requests were replied to by the prosecution. Local news media have interviewed several high profile criminal defense attorneys who all claim they've never seen such a lack of transparency from the state.

Despite all the secrecy, local news reporters Phil Cross (KOKH Ch25) and Lisa Monahan (KWTV Ch9) made Freedom Of Information requests for the video footage recorded by security cameras outside Judge Timothy Henderson's Courtroom. That footage revealed who attended the two-day hearing. Below is just a few of the key individuals who where seen coming and going from Judge Henderson's courtroom...

OCPD Chief Deputy Chief Johnny Kulman

OCPD Chief Deputy Chief Johnny Kulman

OKC's Chief Civil Litigator Rick Smith

OKC's Chief Civil Litigator Rick Smith

OCPD Lab Supervisor Campbell Ruddock

OCPD Lab Supervisor Campbell Ruddock

Also seen in the surveillance video were Gayland Geiger (original trial prosecutor), additional members of the Oklahoma County district attorney's office, members of the Oklahoma City police department and members of the Oklahoma attorney general's office.

As shown above, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty's right-hand man, Deputy Chief Johnny Kulman, was obviously in attendance to represent the police department and report back to Citty. City attorney Rick Smith is said to be the City of Oklahoma City's chief civil litigator - meaning he is there to protect the city monetarily. This could be indicative that whatever was discussed potentially effects multiple current or future civil actions against the city. Most importantly was the presence of the Oklahoma City Police Department's forensic lab supervisor Campbell Ruddock.

Why is Ruddock's appearance so potentially important to this hearing and ultimately to Daniel Holtzlcaw?  For a few weeks now the only rumor that has emerged surrounding this secret hearing is that it has to do with how the OKC police department's forensic expert Elaine Taylor testified at trial. The specific rumor is that "we have another Joyce Gilchrist type situation on our hands" and that Taylor may have testified outside the scope of science and her expertise. We want to stress, this rumor has not in any way been confirmed and Elaine Taylor was not seen coming or going from the hearing. 

Below is a clip from Michelle Malkin Investigates that highlights the mishandling and misrepresentation of the DNA in Holtzclaw's trial...

Though it may be a total coincidence, Taylor retired from the OCPD lab in February of 2017 - just days after Daniel Holtzclaw's appeal was filed and increased public, defense and media criticism of how the DNA was presented and characterized at trial by both Taylor and lead prosecutor Gayland Geiger.

Below is a news report from KWTV News 9's Lisa Monahan in which several of the attendees of the two-day secret hearing were identified. Also in this newscast, Daniel Holtzclaw himself responds from prison in an exclusive phone interview...

Timeline:

  1. 12/5/2016 | Michelle Malkin | Malkin debuts two part series, Daniel in the Den; The Truth about the Daniel Holtzclaw Case. Part two of the series specifically calls out how the DNA was misrepresented at Holtzclaw's trial.
  2. 12/6/2016 | Michelle Malkin | Malkin sends email to OCPD Lab supervisor Campbell Ruddock and OCPD chemist Elaine Taylor inquiring about DNA misinformation in a television special that aired 10/26/2016 on TVone (Justice By Any Means; Jannie Ligons). Malkin never received a reply from Ruddock. Taylor reportedly passed the email on to the public information officer.
  3. 1/4/2017 | Michelle Malkin | Malkin publishes DNA Deception: What the Daniel Holtzclaw jury never heard, on Conservative Review.
  4. 1/10/2017 | Public | Daniel Holtzclaw's sister, Jennifer Holtzclaw, and members of the public send emails to Campbell Ruddock (OCPD Lab supervisor) highlighting Michelle Malkin's 1/4/2017 article regarding DNA.
  5. 1/10/2017 | Public | Daniel Holtzclaw's sister, Jennifer Holtzclaw, and members of the public send emails to Campbell Ruddock (OCPD Lab supervisor) highlighting Michelle Malkin's 1/4/2017 article regarding DNA.
  6. 1/23/2017 | Michelle Malkin | Malkin publishes a video; DNA Deception: Gayland Geiger's Falsehoods About Daniel Holtzclaw.
  7. 2/1/2017 | Court Filing | Daniel Holtzclaw's appellant attorney, James Lockard, formally files Holtzclaw's appeal. 
  8. 2/1/2017 | Court Filing | Atty. James Lockard files an application for evidentiary hearing on 6th Amendment claims - specifically regarding how DNA evidence was presented at trial.
  9. 2/2017 | OCPD chemist Elaine Taylor retires after working for the Oklahoma City Police Dept. for approx. 28-years.
  10. 3/13/2017 | Michelle Malkin | Malkin publishes Benjamin Crump: TV's Rising Fake News Star - article outlines blatant lies and misrepresentations of the DNA from the Daniel Holtzclaw trial.
  11. 4/5/2017 | Crime Watch Daily | Chris Hansen and atty. Mark Eiglarsh conduct a Facebook live discussion regarding how "there were things said and done in this case [by the prosecution] that were fundamentally unfair."
  12. 5/4/2017 | Court Filing | Oklahoma Attorney General's Office filed a motion under seal, claiming "that such material and the motion discussing it contains confidential information protected from public disclosure by Oklahoma Law."
  13. 5/25/2017 | Michelle Malkin | Malkin interviews Daniel Holtzclaw's sister, Jenny Holtzclaw, regarding the "Mystery motion under seal."
  14. 6/2/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | New Details in Holtzclaw Case, But State Says You Have No Right to Know.
  15. 6/26/2017 | Court Activity | Secret hearing is held in Oklahoma County Judge Timothy Henderson's courtroom.
  16. 6/27/2017 | Court Activity | Secret hearing is held in Oklahoma County Judge Timothy Henderson's courtroom.
  17. 6/28/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | Secret Court Hearings Held in Holtzclaw Case.
  18. 6/28/2017 | KWTV News Ch9 | Hearings Held Behind Closed Doors in Daniel Holtzclaw Appeals Case.
  19. 6/28/2017 | Daily Oklahoman Newspaper | Closed-Door Hearing Held in Oklahoma City Related to Holtzclaw Appeal.
  20. 6/29/2017 | KFOR News Ch4 | Oklahoma Judge Conducts Closed Hearing in Officer's Appeal.
  21. 6/30/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | Video Reveal Who Took Part in Secret Court Proceedings.
  22. 7/3/2013 | KWTV News Ch9 |  Former OKC Police Officer Reacts to Secret Hearings.
  23. 7/3/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | Holtzclaw Secret Court Hearings Could End Up Costing Oklahoma City
  24. 7/4/2017 | KWTV News Ch9 | Daniel Holtzclaw Maintains DNA Evidence was Flawed.
  25. 7/7/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | Forensic Expert Warnings Connected to Secret Court Hearings.
  26. 7/13/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | Male DNA Identified But Not Disclosed During Ex-Cop's Controversial Trial.
  27. 7/18/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | Judge Issues Secret Ruling After Secret Hearings While State Asks for more Secrecy.
  28. 7/20/2017 | HoltzclawTrial.com Video | Went to the Okla. Court of Criminal Appeals in an attempt to get them to follow their own rules of public access to filed motions
  29. 7/25/2017 | KWTV News Ch9 | OCCA denies media access to public records in Holtzclaw case.
  30. 7/27/2017 | KWTV News Ch9 | New developments in the quest for details surrounding Holtzclaw appeal.
  31. 7/28/2017 | KOKH News Ch25 | Emails show DNA lab concerns related to Holtzclaw case.

Below is what happened when Brian Bates, creator of HoltzclawTrial.com, went to the Okla. Court of Criminal Appeals and simply asked them to follow their own rules when it comes to the public disclosure of filed motions...

HoltzclawTrial.com highly recommends you watch Michelle Malkin's series, Daniel in the Den; The Truth About the Holtzclaw Case, as seen below...