By Barry Jon
Oklahoma County, OK – John W. Coyle callously destroyed his own client’s future. Everything Coyle did and did not do directly led to the triumph of lies over Ryan Wonderly. A complaint letter to the Oklahoma Bar Association points out that “in Mr. Coyle’s own words he states that his counsel was ineffective.” Yet, to date the Oklahoma Bar Association has done nothing to either sanction or respond to the allegations and admissions of John W. Coyle.
John W. Coyle squeezed cash out of Ryan and his family. Coyle never discussed fee schedules, never sent a statement and never accounted for a single hour of his time to Ryan. Coyle would simply take aside a vulnerable client and family and ask for more and more money. Coyle so over charged and idled his defense of Ryan that as he has began to fear investigation Coyle pledged to Ryan’s appeal, “We will pay the lawyer from the funds we have previously received.” The OBA’s own rules state that a lawyer “…is obliged to return any unearned [fee].” Yet, to date Coyle has returned not a cent and the Oklahoma Bar Association has done nothing.
John W. Coyle stepped in front of the judge wholly unprepared. Coyle waited to inform Ryan until court that his strategy was, “We will take the lightest sentence we can get and win it on appeal.” The prosecution had No physical evidence, no medical evidence, inconsistent testimony, pro-defense witnesses that were intentionally suppressed, and a defendant who passed grueling lie detector and pedophilia tests. Yet, Coyle counseled Ryan to take an Alford Plea – a plea of innocence that accepts an inability to win. Coyle did not fully explain this “plea of innocence” but for that plea the judge gave Ryan 35 years. Yet, to date the Oklahoma Bar Association has done nothing.
John W. Coyle admitted himself into alcohol rehab following the trial. Coyle refused contact with the Wonderlys following the trial. Coyle moved offices and intentionally did not inform the Wonderlys. Coyle walked away with large sums of money and did not speak to the Wonderlys for two years. When the media became interested in the false accusations against Ryan and the impotent counsel of John W. Coyle, he filed an appeal without either the input or consent of the Wonderlys. Only after the appeal was denied due to the inept John W. Coyle did he even tell the Wonderlys that it had been filed. Before Ryan could seek the counsel of another attorney Coyle filed an additional appeal without consent, this time ignoring the guideline advice for a second appeal given by one of the appeals judges. Yet, to date the Oklahoma Bar Association has done nothing.
John. W. Coyle refused to turn over Ryan’s records to his new attorney, Scott Adams, for more than two months. Coyle vowed to pay for the appeals attorney, but thus far has not turned over any of the unused funds “already received.” Coyle admitted to being ineffective counsel and stepped into rehab after Ryan’s plea. Coyle deceitfully extracted money from the Wonderlys and then ignored repeated request to account for even one hour of his services. Coyle unlawfully filed two appeals on behalf of an unknowing defendant. Yet, to date the Oklahoma Bar Association has done nothing to either sanction or respond to the allegations and admissions of John W. Coyle.
The Oklahoma Bar Association dedicates an entire section of their Rules for Professional Conduct to Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession; however, if these “rules” are not upheld then the Association becomes nothing more than a quid pro quo good ol’ boy’s system. The Bar Association exists in part to regulate and discipline its rouge members. Yet, to date the Oklahoma Bar Association has done nothing.
Ryan is now represented by attorney Scott Adams. Our eyes and ears are now turned in Adams’ direction as Ryan waits for the twisted web woven by deceit, ineffective counsel and judicial misconduct to slowly untangle. Become a part of the growing voice of opposition to those caught in the cogs of the American Injustice System by reading more of Ryan Wonderly’s case at www.usobserver.com and www.usobserverok.com and let the Oklahoma Bar Association know we are waiting for their investigation into the contemptible conduct and disbarment of John W. Coyle.