OKLAHOMA CITY — Former U.S. District Judge Layn R. Phillips has been selected to serve as the mediator in a dispute between Oklahoma’s gaming tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt over the status of the state’s tribal gaming compacts.
An order naming Phillips as the mediator was issued late Friday afternoon by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti.
Phillips is a former federal prosecutor and judge who has extensive experience mediating complex cases. He served as an Oklahoma City federal judge from 1987 to 1991 and U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma from 1984 to 1987.
Phillips’ job as mediator will be to try to negotiate a settlement in a dispute that has been raging for months between Stitt and Oklahoma’s gaming tribes.