Last week, in Oklahoma City, Attorney R Kyle Alderson was confronted with serious allegations in a civil suit he has been litigating for nearly a year. Candidates for District Court Judge have limits on their professional behavior, which include some involvement with political parties.
Yesterday we learned that Alderman withdrew his name from a race for District Court Judge. It's not yet clear if last week and this week are connected?
Alderson has been a municipal judge for Pawnee, OK, as well as Tulsa, OK. The law firm of Titus Hillis lists Alderson as a part of their law firm while concurrently presiding as a municipal judge.
Alderson represents a defendant in a case brought by a member of the Oklahoma Republican Party, against the party leadership, claiming violations of the OKGOP charter bylaws.
It's not clear if the members of the OKGOP's presiding authority (the State Committee) was even notified of the lawsuit, but the 4 Central Committee members were named in the lawsuit.
Judges (and judicial candidates) have certain rules prohibiting their actions in certain groups, because it could present appearances of bias, especially if an association expects their members to give preference to fellow members (i.e. Fraternal groups, secret societies, & groups with political agendas).