Janet Bickel Phillips has surrendered her Oklahoma law license, pending disciplinary proceedings.

Bickel Phillips, the former assistant district attorney for District 27, pleaded guilty to two felonies in September 2006, following indictments by the state’s multicounty grand jury.

She received a five-year deferred sentence in Wagoner County District Court for offering false evidence and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

On March 27, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma issued an order of interim suspension, immediately suspending Bickel Phillips from the practice of law.

She was given until June 28 to show why the suspension should be set aside and why final discipline should not be imposed. Instead, she wrote she waived her right to explain her conduct and submit evidence to mitigate the severity of discipline.

She acknowledged she may be reinstated to the practice of law only upon full compliance with the conditions prescribed. Also, she may not make reapplication for reinstatement for five years.

“You can’t spend your life looking back,” Bickel Phillips said Tuesday. “It’s difficult to know what to say. I was honored with the opportunity to serve Muskogee County as a prosecutor. I got to do what I love to do.”

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma has the discretion to either approve or disapprove the resignation.

Bickel wrote a letter to the Oklahoma Bar Association accompanying her resignation.

Resigning her license was one of the most difficult decisions that she has had to make, she wrote.

She said she’s faced a great deal of media attention and not alone, but that her family and friends had to endure it as well.

“I know that if I elected to have a hearing, regardless of the outcome, there would be one more round of media frenzy, and I simply cannot subject my family or myself to any further scrutiny,” she wrote.

“... with regard to any discipline that I might receive, I choose to make the decision and leave the practice of law with all of the dignity that I can muster.”

She told of submitting herself to drug testing, which was negative.

Bickel Phillips wrote of how an affidavit filed in her case that set forth family history concerning her father, who died when she was 14 bothered her. It recited his alleged criminal activities.

“I can tell you that was particularly painful, and for it to be a matter of public record was extremely difficult. It was difficult enough to hear those kinds of allegations against my father as a child, but to have to hear them 35 years later was overwhelming.”

She wrote she was 10 when her father was shot and went into a coma, and 14 when he died.

“I hardly think that what he did or did not do had any bearing on me,” she wrote. “I certainly had no knowledge or participation in any alleged criminal conduct with my father.

“I was appalled at not only the irrelevancy of such statements, but the shear cruelty of making that a part of the public record against me.”

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