Janice Steidley served as Rogers County District Attorney from January of 2011 to January of 2015.
bid for re-election in 2014 in the wake of a public conflict with Walton and other Rogers County
law enforcement officials over her
handling of criminal cases.
was the subject of a 2013 petition for a local grand jury investigation.
The petition collected more than 7,000 voter signatures but a Tulsa judge ruled it invalid on a technicality.Â The petitionâ€™s accusations, however, were taken up by the state grand but Steidley
was never indicted.
â€œJanice and Larry Steidley caused Thurman to live in fear of her life, wondering on a daily basis whether her welfare or the welfare of her family was in imminent harm,â€� the lawsuit concluded. â€œThe conduct of Janice
and Larry Steidley substantially exceeded garden-variety negligence, and is fairly characterized as intentional, willful and reckless.â€�