Back to the beginning OKBR Home Page(http://lbloom.net) Back to more OKBR audios This is a 7 minute audio where attorney Jack Connelly Jr. tells how the OKBR kids hoped for help at the ranch. The insurance for the OKBR had exclusions for sex abuse, but allowed claims for "institutional neglect." The OKBR defense attorney (Don Law), was a former OKBR board member. John R. Connelly Jr. said that the OKBR was comparable to a Nazi camp. A "smoking gun" memo was discovered late from DSHS that said "if plaintiffs attorneys find this information, the whole department will be compromised." Discovery documents were withheld and OKBR attorneys were sanctioned $160,000 and DSHS attorneys were sanctioned $417,000.
There were many obvious and long-term warnings about the 1970-94 OKBR.
Olympia Police Chief Wurner came to an Olympia Kiwanis meeting in 1986 and told the Kiwanis about the troubles at the OKBR. Chief Wurner was ignored. Maybe he should have done more, but he probably wanted to keep his job.
It was well know by the Thurston County courts. These kids were constantly in and out of the Thurston County legal system.