A woman who filed a lawsuit June 1, 2018, in Tulsa County District Court that potentially had a bearing on the opinions of Osage County voters casting ballots later that month in a Republican primary for district attorney has dismissed her complaint.
Randilynn Yancey, the wife of Skiatook City Manager Dan Yancey, filed suit June 1, 2018, against Rex Duncan, who was the incumbent district attorney for Osage and Pawnee counties at the time, alleging that Duncan had defamed her “by accusing her of immoral and illegal acts.”
When the lawsuit was filed, Duncan described it as “an 11th-hour political hit piece.” He was on the Republican Party primary ballot June 26, 2018, in a hotly contested race for the party’s nomination for district attorney for Osage and Pawnee counties. He lost that race by a decisive margin to Mike Fisher, who is now serving as district attorney.
Dan Yancey responded to Duncan’s comment at the time by saying Duncan’s response “couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
In regard to her recent decision to dismiss her lawsuit, Randilynn Yancey issued a comment through Dan Yancey, saying, “All I wanted is an apology and I knew through the process I would never get that so I decided to move on.”
Duncan responded to the dismissal by reiterating his view that the legal claim brought against him was not legitimate.
“This lawsuit was always a fake lawsuit,” Duncan said in a telephone interview. “We were ordered to mediation and I refused to settle.”
Duncan said Randilynn Yancey dismissed her lawsuit the day before his deadline to request summary judgment from the court. He said that a document had been prepared on his behalf for the purpose of seeking summary judgment — a document that would have made public sworn deposition materials relevant to the case.
“We had a heck of a document ready to go,” Duncan said. He added that he was disappointed the case was dismissed when it was, because he had wanted to win a summary judgment.
“I wanted that result,” Duncan said. He said that his career as a public official is over (he served two terms as district attorney, and previously served in the Oklahoma Legislature), but he considered the defamation case personal.