OKLAHOMA CITY � The status of the law license of a former Cherokee County prosecutor remains unchanged, according to online court records.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday that Janet Bickel Phillips� waiver of a hearing before an Oklahoma Bar Association panel of professional responsibility tribunal has no effect. The tribunal is also directed to proceed with the evidentiary hearing and issue a report and recommendation to the state�s highest court.

Phillips, who prosecuted in Cherokee County using the Bickel surname during former DA Richard Gray�s administration, has been suspended from practicing law since a March 26 order of the court. That order remains in effect.

Muskogee attorney Chadwick Richardson has entered the case to represent Phillips, 50.

Records also show copies of the dockets from Oklahoma and Wagoner counties have been made part of the record. Phillips was indicted in both counties as a result of a multicounty grand jury investigation of Gray�s administration.

She is on deferred five-year judgments for perjury in Oklahoma County and for possession of a controlled drug and offering false evidence in Wagoner County. She was also ordered to pay fines and court costs in each county.

A trial panel has been selected, but their names are not shown on Internet court records. The records also indicate an order for hearing has been filed.

Contact Bob Gibbins at bgibbins@tahlequahdailypress.com.

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