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Ethics Opinion No. 13

Adopted November 20, 1931

County Attorneys in those counties in which they are prohibited from practicing law are disqualified from becoming in any way entangled with private interests or grievances connected with the private practice of the law and, consequently, are disqualified from receiving compensation for alleged services rendered to persons, firms, associations or corporations for legal services performed. It is also against the declared public policy of this State for a county attorney, being a public officer, to demand or accept a reward for services rendered as such public officer.

It is the opinion of the Board of Governors that a county attorney in and for such county commits a reprehensible act and an act unworthy of a member of The State Bar of Oklahoma in demanding or receiving compensation from one from whom property is alleged to have been stolen in connection with his prosecution of the alleged receiver of such stolen property.