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December 2, 2012

Veteran lawyer to take bench

He’ll succeed retiring Special Judge Carl Robinson

— A Muskogee man with a long law background has been named as the replacement for a retiring special district judge.

Weldon Stout, an attorney at Wright, Stout & Wilburn, will be sworn in Jan. 3 to replace A. Carl Robinson, who retires Dec. 31. Stout was named as Robinson’s replacement Thursday after internal discussions and interviews by District Judges Mike Norman and Thomas Alford.

“I was a little surprised when I heard,” Stout said. “I’m thrilled. I’ve been here (Wright, Stout & Wilburn) for a long time with my partners,  who I think are fantastic. There’s a sense of gain and a sense of loss at the same time.”

Stout was admitted to the bar in 1974 after graduating from law school at Oklahoma City University. He was an assistant district attorney in Stephens County until 1978, when he became the chief prosecutor for Muskogee County.

Norman said Chief Justice Steven Taylor gave permission last week to hire a new special district judge. Robinson said earlier in the week that he was unsure whether he’d be replaced, even though he handled a large caseload.

“I’d always joke with Carl about what two judges we were going to hire to replace him,” Norman said. “Weldon’s a good lawyer. He’ll make a good judge.”

Stout, who was born in Conway, Ark., said he considers his new job “a huge honor.”

“I guess most lawyers would tell you, at some point, that they consider the option of becoming a judge,” Stout said. “I’ve thought about becoming a judge off and on, and when this (position came open,) it really made me start thinking about it.”

Norman said he and Alford interviewed four people before coming to a “really tough decision.”

“We had some really good people come in and interview before we finally settled on Weldon,” he said.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

Meet Wendell Stout

AGE: 63

HOMETOWN: Born in Conway, Ark. Lives in Muskogee.

EDUCATION: Undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma; Law school at Oklahoma City University.

FAMILY: Wife, Connie, a retired school teacher. Son, Justin, works in Stout’s law firm.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: St. Paul United Methodist Church.

HOBBIES: Reading, traveling, home maintenance projects.

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