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Attorney fails to appear twice; arrested for third time in 11 months

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Attorney Jay Trenary appeared at a felony docket inside the Logan County Courthouse Friday morning to represent a client, but instead was escorted to jail by a judge’s order.

Before the felony docket was set to begin, District Judge Phillip Corley remanded Trenary for failure to appear twice for his own trial sentencing.

Trenary, 42, posted a $500 appearance bond and appeared in front of Judge Luke Duel Friday afternoon.

The latest arrest is the third time in 11 months for the attorney, who once worked at the Attorney General’s office.

Trenary was set for his trial sentence on Monday at 9:00 a.m., but did not appear and a bench warrant was issued. Trenary was later seen that day arriving at the courthouse shortly after 3:00 p.m. and requested a continuance in front of Special District Judge R.L. Hert, Jr.

Trenary was then ordered to appear in Payne County on Wednesday to meet with the court and the district attorney’s office to discuss sentencing dates. However, he failed to show and the court ordered a bench warrant in the amount of $500.

Friday, in front of Judge Duel, Trenary stated he was at the Bar Association on Monday. However, a representative from the Bar Association was in the courtroom and said Trenary did not attend the Bar Association until that afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Trenary also stated that their was confusion at the bench during his appearance on Monday about the date to meet with the district attorney’s office. He believed the trial was moved to the next docket in June.

The judge responded by, “I do not believe that argument. I believe that is a ploy and do not buy that argument.

Last month, a jury found the trial attorney guilty for obstructing an officer (misdemeanor) and was issued a punishment of the maximum $500 fine and no jail time after being arrested on May 28, 2011. The same jurors found him not guilty on a second charge of domestic abuse.

Last April, Trenary was arrested for resisting an officer, obstructing an officer and disturbing the peace at his residence on East Mansur. All three charges are listed as misdemeanors with the case still pending.

On May 10 Judge Hert, who over saw Trenary’s first trial, disqualified himself from the Trenary proceeding due to a relationship with one of the parties.

Trenary, who once lived in Guthrie and now lives in Blackwell, was a public defender for Logan County and has been a trial attorney for 17 years.

He is set to be back in court on Tuesday, May 22 for his sentence trial.

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  1. Jon
    May 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Wow Now you know good and well if that was a normal guy not a lawyer we would not be getting a slap on the wrist like this guy is getting $ 500.00 fine come on you would put a normal person under the jail. I hate what we call a fair judicial system its not fair and everyone knows it but still no one does a single thing about it grow some balls and punish the guy he is a lawyer he has all the fine money you want to fine him with give him some jail time take the cash cow away then we will see if he keeps missing court dates and breaking the law I cant beleive people actual hire someone like that!

  2. Adam
    May 19, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Anyone know who the conflicting relationship was with that disqualified him?

  3. Adam
    May 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Adam :
    Anyone know who the conflicting relationship was with that disqualified him?

    Judge Hert that is

  4. Kathy
    May 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    IF there is just the slightest of conflicts a judge will step down, it could be as simple as they both belong to the Rotary or something. But if I had to guess, it would be because Trenary was a public defender here and has likely argued cases in front of Judge Hert.

  5. Adam
    May 21, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Just curious because Hert was over his last case with no problems, but stepped down from this one? Just seems strange …

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