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Oklahoma judge resigns following criticism for texting during 2-year-old's murder trial

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  • An Oklahoma judge, Traci Soderstrom, has agreed to resign after sending over 500 texts to her bailiff during a murder trial.
  • Soderstrom’s actions during the trial, including excessive texting, were captured on security video.
  • Soderstrom has agreed to resign and refrain from seeking any judicial office in Oklahoma in the future.

An Oklahoma judge who sent more than 500 texts to her bailiff during a murder trial will resign, according to a court filing.

In a proposed settlement agreement filed Thursday with the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary, District Judge Traci Soderstrom agreed to resign on Friday and never again seek a judicial office in Oklahoma.

If accepted, the settlement would stop a trial scheduled to start Monday on a request to remove Soderstrom from the bench for reasons that include gross neglect of duty, oppression in office, lack of proper temperament and failure to supervise her office.

OKLAHOMA CHIEF JUSTICE CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF JUDGE CAUGHT TEXTING DURING 2-YEAR-OLD’S MURDER TRIAL

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Kane IV recommended Soderstrom be removed following an investigation that found she mocked prosecutors, laughed at the bailiff’s comment about a prosecutor’s genitals, praised the defense attorney and called the prosecutor’s key witness a liar during the murder trial of Khristian Tyler Martzall.

In this still image from security camera video, Lincoln County District Judge Traci Soderstrom looks at her cellphone during a murder trial on June 12, 2023, at the Lincoln County District Court in Chandler, Okla. Soderstrom has agreed to resign and never again seek a judicial office in Oklahoma. (The Oklahoman via AP/ Facebook)

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Soderstrom, who was elected in November 2022 and took office on Jan. 9, 2023, voluntarily suspended herself in October.

Soderstrom’s resignation letter, given to local media, said she hoped to restore faith in the judicial system.

“I promised to uphold the Constitution in a fair, even-handed and efficient manner,” Soderstrom said. “I believe that I have done so. However, being human, I have also faltered.”

OKLAHOMA JUDGE CAUGHT SCROLLING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA DURING MURDER TRIAL

The judge’s texts during Martzall’s trial on a charge of killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son included saying the prosecutor was “sweating through his coat,” according to Kane’s petition. The texts described the defense attorney as “awesome” and asked “can I clap for her?” during the defense attorney’s opening arguments.

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Soderstrom also texted a laughing emoji icon to the bailiff, who had “made a crass and demeaning reference to the prosecuting attorneys’ genitals,” Kane wrote.

Martzall was eventually convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to time served.

Security video published by The Oklahoman showed Soderstrom texting or messaging for minutes at a time during jury selection, opening statements and testimony during the trial in Chandler, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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PornHub parent company sued by Texas AG for failing to verify users' ages

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The Texas attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of adult website PornHub, alleging the pornography platform has failed to conform to the state’s new regulations.

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Aylo Global Entertainment and Aylo USA, Incorporated for failing to verify users’ ages before granting access to its pornographic websites.

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“Instead of abiding by Texas law requiring purveyors of obscene sexual material to institute age verification systems, the company immediately presents minors who access their websites with pornographic content,” Paxton alleged in a press release announcing the lawsuit.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

He added, “I look forward to holding any company accountable that violates our age verification laws intended to prevent minors from being exposed to harmful, obscene material on the internet.”

House Bill 1181 was made law in Texas in June of last year, requiring adult websites to “use reasonable age verification measures to ensure those viewing their pornography are 18 years of age or older.”

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The success of the legislation made Texas the seventh state to implement age verification laws on pornography outlets.

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Companies that violate the state law are subject to up to $10,000 a day for failing to verify age, an additional $10,000 per day if the sites retain user information, and an additional $250,000 if a child is exposed to pornographic material due to failures in verification.

“AYLO GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.’s and AYLO USA, INCORPORATED’s publication or distribution of sexual material harmful to minors on the internet without implementing the reasonable age verification methods required by Chapter 129B harms, and continues to harm, Texas children and adolescents,” Paxton’s office alleges in the lawsuit.

Paxton alleges that Aylo is liable for up to $1,600,000 plus $10,000 a day from September of last year to the date of the lawsuit.

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Aylo, the conglomerate that owns major pornographic websites such as Pornhub, has allegedly failed to comply with the Texas state law requiring users’ age verification. (Adrien Fillon/NurPhoto)

The attorney general is also seeking Aylo to pay out attorney’s fees and all other costs suffered by the state in filing the lawsuit against the company.

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Shohei Ohtani gets married. What we know (and don't) about his bride

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Shohei Ohtani gets married. What we know (and don't) about his bride

TOKYO (AP) — Baseball star Shohei Ohtani has stunningly revealed he’s married.

Ohtani wrote on Thursday on Instagram in Japanese: “The season is approaching but I would like to announce to everyone that I have gotten married.”

He said his new wife was a “Japanese woman” without identifying her. He said he would reveal more in an interview; presumably at the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training venue.

The 29-year-old Ohtani is Japan’s biggest celebrity, and there has always been curiosity around his personal life, which he has always kept very private. His focus, and his image, has always been 100%-baseball focused — free of scandals or tabloid news.

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Ohtani moved from the Los Angeles Angels to the Dodgers in December on a record-breaking contract worth $700 million over 10 years.

“I began a new chapter in my career with the Dodgers, but I also have started a new life with someone from my native country of Japan who is very special to me,” he wrote.

He asked the media refrain from “conducting unauthorized interviews.”

The post on Instagram included a photo of his dog “Dekopin,” which is also called “Decoy.”

He wrote: “We hope the two of us — and one animal — will work together.”

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The news broke in the middle of the night in North America, and late afternoon in Japan where it was immediately the top news item on local television.

Local television reports daily on his training in the United States and, because of his unprecedented success in North America, he has become the pride of Japan, and the Dodgers have become Japan’s de facto team.

Ohtani is training in Arizona for the Major League Baseball season, preparing for the Dodgers to open in Seoul, South Korea, on March 20-21 in a two-game series against the San Diego Padres.

Ohtani just underwent surgery on his right elbow and will not pitch this season. He will be used as a designated hitter, and the possibility exists he could play in the field.

In his spring training debut this week, he hit a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox.

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Ohtani has hit 171 home runs — 44 last season — and has a career batting average of .274. His record as a pitcher is 38-19 in five seasons. He missed the 2019 season due to elbow surgery and has a career ERA of 3.01.

He was the American League rookie of the year in 2018, and the American League MVP in 2021 and 2023, and has often been compared to Babe Ruth for his skill as a two-way player.

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Murder suspect Raad Almansoori indicted in Arizona court for attempted murder, other charges

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An Arizona grand jury on Tuesday indicted Raad Almansoori, the suspect tied to a string of violent crimes against women around the country, including a murder in a New York City hotel and two stabbings in Arizona, according to the Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell.

In a press release, Mitchell announced that Almansoori was indicted for two counts of attempt to commit first degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of attempt to commit armed robbery, two counts of attempt to commit sexual assault, and one count of theft of means of transportation.

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The charges stem from two separate criminal acts against two women in Phoenix and Surprise on Feb. 17 and 18. Almansoori was detained by officers from the Scottsdale Police Department the same day as the second alleged attack. 

After Scottsdale police captured him, he also allegedly admitted to stabbing “an attractive younger female” later identified as a 22-year-old woman in Phoenix, and to brutally killing Denisse Oleas-Arancibia at the SoHo 54 hotel in Manhattan, New York. 

SOHO HOTEL MURDER SUSPECT RAAD ALMANSOORI CRAWLED UNDER BATHROOM STALL TO ATTACK ARIZONA WOMAN, POLICE SAY

Raad Almansoori listens during his hearing on Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. (Mark Henle/The Republic/USA Today Network)

The grand jury indictments replace the direct charges filed against Almansoori last week.

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On Monday, Almansoori was denied bond after a bail hearing in Maricopa County. The suspected killer has also had his bail revoked in Orlando, Florida, where he had pending charges in connection with the sex assault and carjacking of another woman.

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Raad Almansoori was sought for strangling and bludgeoning a woman found dead in a SoHo hotel has been nabbed in Arizona after stabbing two women there, according to police. NYPD detectives want to question Raad Almansoori for the Feb. 8 murder of Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, who was found strangled and struck in the head with an iron inside the SoHo 54 hotel on Watts St. near Sixth Ave. (Surprise Police Dept./New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

If convicted, Almansoori would be sent to New York to stand trial for Oleas-Arancibia’s murder before he begins his Arizona sentence. 

Court records show Almansoori has prior charges in Arizona as well, including a 2018 conviction for aggravated assault.

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Fox News Digital’s Michael Ruiz and Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report. 

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