Son follows dad in role as Tulsa County special judge

‘‘Proud,’’ with emphasis!
That’s how William (Bill) Mussman, Sr. described his feelings about his son William Mussman, Jr. prior to the formal swearing-in ceremonies as a Tulsa County Special Judge on Jan. 15.
Mussman administered the oath of a special judge to his son.
Earlier, Special Judge Dawn Moody was administered the oath by District Judge Rebecca Nightingale.
The event was special for Mussman, himself a special judge from 1987 to 1994 in the Tulsa District Court.
“My advice to my son is to grow into the (judicial) robe, don’t just swell up,” Mussman, Sr. said. “I have seen a lot of people named to the judiciary that swelled up because of their position and I don’t ever want him to be one of those individuals.”
Mussman, an administrative law judge in Colorado Springs, Colo., returned to Tulsa for the ceremony.
The two men have a great deal in common since dad served in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office with S.M. “Buddy” Fallis. His son worked in the same office with Tim Harris.
“I would talk about the cases with my son,” Mussman said. “We would talk about the pros and cons of the case and the available options. But he made his own decisions.”

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