Fighting For Your Safety

Re-Elect Kenny Wright District Attorney

My Theory of Prosecution

My goal as your District Attorney is to achieve justice in every case. A prosecutor’s responsibility can be boiled down to one overriding principle: do the right thing. Do the right thing every time, every day. Although it may be more difficult and sometimes unpopular, I follow this principle and teach my prosecutors to do the same thing.

I pray daily that God give me the wisdom to see the right path, the courage to choose that path, and the strength to make the journey.

“The prosecutor is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all, and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the two-fold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor — indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.” – United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes in Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78, 88 (1935)[“prosecutor” often replaces the original’s “United States Attorney” based on application].

District Attorney – Statutory Duties (19 O.S. §§ 214.5 and 215.5)

  1. The district attorney shall appear in all trial courts and prosecute all actions for crime committed in the district.
  2. The district attorney shall prosecute or defend in all courts, state and federal, in any county in this state, all civil actions or proceedings in which any county in the district is interested, or a party. The counties have insurance through the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma and that insurance brings in private attorneys to defend the counties in tort claims.
  3. The district attorney shall assist the grand jury if required.