Hon. David Cawthon See Rating Details
Special Judge
Pottawatomie County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.5 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. David Cawthon


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: OK1994
this judge has no business being a judge. leaves children in abusive situations. When the child is old enough to choose where he wants to lives. He will not let him. He should be ashamed of himself.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: OK1885
this judge is crazy


Comment #: OK1884
Rating:Not Rated
nothing more to say than this judge is totally nuts.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: OK1856
Horrible judge. He held me in contempt for arguing with him on the law. He made co counsel and I sit with the inmates during prelims until his docket was finished for the day then he admitted that over the lunch break he had done research and agreed we were right. He tried to humiliate us in front of an entire courtroom of people and made us sit through his entire afternoon docket before he let us go just so he could save face. The mans ego is out of control he doesn’t know what he is doing.


Comment #: OK1594
He will be the next Craig Key. This person has no business on a court bench.


Comment #: OK1521
He very unprofessional. Seems to be more on a power trip than finding the truth or achieving fair equitable outcomes.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: OK1462
Loose cannon, never know what he will do. Not professional. Questioned in open court if an attorney was competent to do cases in front of everyone. Ruling are not constant. Rude to attorneys..plaintiffs as well as defendants.


Comment #: OK1460
He is not consistent in his rulings. He doesn't follow the law, instead he decides what part of the law he will follow to suit his personal beliefs.