Jennifer Chance on the Left, David Prater on the Right
Former Oklahoma County Assistant D.A. Jennifer Chance
Busted After Feeding Pay to Play Work to
Husband attorney Derrick Chance?
Back in 2011 we ran a series of tales of corruption in the Oklahoma County District Attorneys Office
and one of the stories was how rumors of #3 in command Assistant D.A. Jennifer Chance was making it possible for her husband Derek Chance to make a killing doing law work for people that were being prosecuted by the Oklahoma County D.A. office. Derek Chance was a no name, no talent attorney that was struggling to make ends meet until wife Jennifer Chance rose up the ladder to the #3 spot under District Attorney David Prater (pun intended if the rumors were to be believed). Derek Chance became one of the go to lawyers for criminal cases and he got the sweetest deals for his clients and earned a lot of jealousy from the other criminal defense lawyers.
Then back in the fall of 2013 David Prater suddenly canceled an upcoming court date for the officers of the Pardon and Parole Board that he had first blackmailed publically and the followed through on his blackmail threats and filed charges against them in early 2013. The Pardon and Parole Board wasn’t caving in, they fought the trumped up charges and were going to trial when suddenly with zero explanation Prater stopped the trial preparations.
A few weeks later we find out that his #3 girl, Jennifer Chance, had quit the D.A. office and went to work for Governor Mary Fallin.
What the hell did Fallin need a prosecutor for? She didn’t need a prosecutor but what she did have a great need for was someone that knew Prater intimately and had enough dirt on him to make him STFU. And boy did it work, Prater backed down after leaving skid marks on the court house hallways and probably in his boxers. We praised Fallin’s move as one of the best political moves we had seen in years.
Fast forward to February of the next year and Prater formally dropped the charges against the Pardon and Parole Board after a “non apology” apology was signed by the Board. Simply a face saving way out for Prater and a way to end the fraudulent prosecution.
Then in early March of this year we find out that Jennifer Chance had resigned her position with the Governor’s office not too long after she took over the top job as General Counsel. And we asked what really happened to cause Jennifer Chance to bail out of the gravy train.
Answering that question is a story from Ziva Brandsettler with the Frontier who says that relatives of former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates had called the Governor last year and was directed to Jennifer Chance who recommended they hire her husband to facilitate a commutation of the sentence. Bates was the elderly insurance executive that was fond of playing Deputy Sheriff until he shot and killed a suspect while other officers had the suspect pinned to the ground.
Bates family paid the piper, paying Jennifer’s husband Derek Chance $25,000.00 to file for a commutation. But the commutation application was denied by the Pardon and Parole Board, causing the Bates family to complain about the progress to Fallin’s office. And apparently Fallin didn’t know that her General Counsel had referred the Bates family to her husband Derek for a legal shakedown. Uh oh…. Chance took a leave of absence and resigned a week or two later.
The Bates commutation failed in November of 2017 and again in February of this year. The story on the Frontier said that the Pardon and Parole Board’s website states that a lawyer isn’t even required to submit an application for a commutation. The story goes on to state that Jennifer Chance claimed that she had consulted with the Ethics Commission and the A.G. office before referring the case to her husband but both departments are denying that there is any documentation to back up Chance’s claims.
The Frontier story goes over the rising influence of Jennifer and Derek Chance and a laundry list of cases of the rich and powerful that made their way into Derek Chance’s office including one shocking case of mutilation murder that had the charges dropped by the Oklahoma County D.A. office.
The Frontier story also documented Derek Chance’s sudden fall from prominence about the same time that wife Jennifer Chance was either forced out of the General Counsel’s position or resigned. The firm that Derek Chance worked for has removed his name from the firm’s name and from the building according to the Frontier story. Chance appears to be operating his own office now in a nondescript building.
The Frontier story is a good read and includes information comparing the two commutation applications and the story pulls no punches in saying that the one that Derek Chance did was shoddy and error ridden. One would understand that Derek Chance wasn't relying upon his brilliance as a lawyer but more on his wife's connections and what charms were present. All undone by a family that was unhappy that they didn't get what they paid for.
More Soft on Crime Pre Trial Release Program Poster Boys
Ricardo Acosta DOB 6/22/1981
Acosta has a history of criminal activity reaching back to January of 2000 when he was 19 and one would not be unreasonable to ask if there was a juvenile record prior to then. Arrested for burglary and drug possession, the short stay wasn’t sufficient to straighten him up it seems.
Oklahoma County CF-00-2055 was burglary in 2000
Oklahoma County CF-02-6473 was another burglary in 2002
Oklahoma County CM-02-3918 on September of 2002 was a DUI so Acostas got an early start on his career.
Oklahoma County CF-03-3477 Possession of drugs again in 2003 which got him one to five years in state prison after he plead guilty. Ricardo was out on bond and was charged with another crime, causing his bondsman to pick him up and return him to jail where he plead guilty to the drug charges and was sent to prison around June of 2004.
Next he shows up again in the same district court in December of 05 agreeing to start paying this fines and fees so he had been released after about 17 months of prison time. The first payment of actual costs shows up in July of 2006, probably a “pay or go back to prison” kind of thing as he was supposed to be paying $75.00 per month for his fines and court costs. No other payments show up other than an annual request to IRS to seize any tax refund he might have coming. Then in November 2015 another cost payment agreement shows up, must have been squeezed at last. They must have squeezed hard because Ricardo made regular $50.00 payments up until December when he paid about half of that and the records stop at this point, whether it was paid off or simple forgiven due to the inability to find the guy. Who knows…
Oklahoma County case CF-2013-4615 in May of 2013 shows another arrest for Possession of a controlled dangerous substance- meth. A bondsman posted Acosta's bond in August of that year but Acosta was soon arrested on new criminal charges of Possession of drugs, meth and marijuana, so the bondsman put Acosta back in jail. Revoking bond is usually done as the criminal agrees to stay out of trouble while out on bond and this promise is made to the court not the bondsman. The jail released Acosta in April of 2014 on an OR bond, Own Recognizance
Two weeks later on 4-24-14 Acosta failed to appear in court. He ultimately is captured again and pleads guilty and is sentenced to 10 years in prison. But of course we know that he was out of prison by November of 2015 because he started paying $50.00 per month toward his court costs.
Ricardo Acosta has an extensive rap sheet that you can view at this link,
eleven cases showing with the suffix Jr., the other Ricardo Acosta might be him or it might be his father. Protective orders, burglary, drug possession, fifteen years sentenced and as far as we can tell he spent about 17 months and maybe ten months in 2014-2015. His tax return continues to be seized as of November of 20165 so he probably has a long time before his court costs are paid.
Think about it, around 15 years of crime assuming a clean juvenile record. Less than three years of prison time served for fifteen years of sentences and that is just off two of the criminal cases we looked at.
And Oklahoma has too many people in prison?
I beg to differ.
Nine Charts the Democrats Don’t Want to Talk About
By the Watchman
While going through our news feeds we came across an article that was so profound that it took us a few days to absorb it and what it truly meant for every American and especially for every Oklahoman. We see many similarities with the current state of affairs in Oklahoma. All of this coming at a time when every Oklahoman is hurting, they want to raise taxes as a way to get out from under these debts. Before Governor Fallin took office that was the favorite battle cry of the Democratic Party.
We’ll go through all of these charts and how they relate to the individual taxpayers of Oklahoma.
We’ll start with Student loans. Student loan debt was pretty consistent all of the way through the mid 1990’s. It started to rise rapidly until 2005. Then the cost just sky rocketed. Then the Federal Government took over the Student loan process and the amount just skyrocketed. From what we can tell they are making little to no attempt to collect on these student loans.
The next graph is food stamps. The amount here went up and down depending on the economy. That would only stand to reason. The Recession that hit in 2008 caused a dramatic jump in the number of people subsisting on the food stamp program. What you aren’t being told is that it also saw a dramatic increase in the number of food stamp fraud cases in the country. Most have gone uninvestigated and unpunished. Additional debt was added when it took three years to come to an agreement on a Farm bill in Congress that only aided in accumulating debt in the program. The Chair of the Committee actually called a ten (10) billion dollar cut over a ten year period a cut in the National Debt. The agreement raised the funding by eight hundred million dollars during the same time period.
Then we get to the Federal Debt. In eight years our National Debt was doubled by a tax and spend liberal president. This president ruled by the phone and the pen not by legislation. There was more corruption built into the budget than could be ignored yet it was. You just don’t double the accumulated debt of a nation from all of the previous administrations and not know that corruption is built in.
We next go to money printing. The last administration was printing money on a scale not seen since the Weimar Republic of Germany after WWI. This of course is in accordance with the tax and spend policies of the Democratic Party, but with a twist. This time for a vast majority of the previous administrations time in office the Republican Party did nothing to curtail the growth in the spending or the printing of money.
Next we come to Health Insurance Cost. We all know that the cost before Obamacare was high anyway. This change to Obamacare was advertised as a way to cut cost and make health care affordable. It has been well documented that the American public was lied to during the entire time of getting the legislation passed. The people who it was meant to help the most have seen their premiums and out of pocket expense go up so high that they can’t even afford it with the government subsidies that they get. Instead of it being named the Affordable Care Act a more appropriate name would be The Unaffordable Care Act, but then you just had to pass it to find out what was in it. This piece of legislation came straight out of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
We next get to Work Force Participation. Right up front we went into a recession in 2008. There is no denying that. Political expediency kept extending the unemployment benefits for those that were laid off. The last administration was even bragging about bringing down the unemployment numbers. What they didn’t tell you is how they brought the numbers down. They did it by removing people from the workforce when they stopped looking for work. Those are the people that never found a job. We now have the lowest Work Force Participation rate that we have seen since then end of WWII.
Then we get to the Workers Share of the Economy. That is exactly like it sounds. Who is making the profit from the workers labor? This is on a steady decline and has been for decades. It goes back to the saying that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This is not the only place you can see this happening.
The next graph deals with the Median Family Income. It has been on the decline for several years now. The latest figures available indicate that it is still on the decline. This started with the recession of 2008 and continues through today. Still we see no inclination, other from that of President Trump, to turn the situation around. In fact all we see are obstructionist on both sides of the aisle trying to prevent the average worker from being able to make an honest living.
Then there is Home Ownership. The American Dream is getting harder to achieve every single day. It’s no secret the housing market crash had a lot to do with it. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac being the holders of home mortgages in the nation required a substantial bail out to cover the losses from all the sub-prime loans they made at the urging of the government. The market has never recovered. New homes are getting more expensive and median family incomes are growing smaller. It doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that people are not able to afford these homes. The American Dream is out of reach for most Americans today.
There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from these charts. That conclusion is that the Democratic Party and former President Obama tried their best to create a Socialist Utopia here in America during the last eight years. They truly believe that they should never let a good crisis go to waste. There are enough progressive Republicans in office that feel the same way, and we will let you know who they are here in Oklahoma. Its pass the time for the State and the Federal Governments to learn to live within their means. It’s time that they learned to stop planning for an increase in spending for the next fiscal year when they are being told constantly that tax revenue was less than expected for each month during the year. Its time they actually used the gray matter that sits between their ears for something useful.