The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 9, 2013

Fired assistant DA takes his termination to court

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— A former Major County prosecutor is suing his former boss, alleging he was fired as result of political grief, records show.

Danny Lohmann is seeking more than $10,000 in damages stemming from his termination on Aug. 30, 2012, according to court documents. Lohmann, a former assistant district attorney, claims he was fired because he filed a felony perjury charge against an Enid attorney.

Court filing

The charge later was dropped.

In his lawsuit, which names District Attorney Hollis Thorp, the District Attorneys Council and District Attorney District 26, Lohmann claims Thorp was threatened with political and other repercussions unless there was action taken against him.

“I’d hate to say a whole lot right now, other than there seemed to be some collusion to have me fired for filing charges,” Lohmann said.

Lohmann has worked in private law practice since he was fired.

Thorp could not be reached directly Thursday afternoon. However, a person in his Woodward County office relayed the message that upon advice of his counsel, Thorp would not discuss the case.

The District Attorneys Council serves as a liaison between state prosecutors, the federal government and the Oklahoma Legislature. It also is responsible for the administration and funding of the state’s 27 prosecutorial districts.