Category Archive for: governor

Legal battle hopes to shed light on Oklahoma’s death penalty process

A citizen’s attempt to shed light on Oklahoma’s death penalty process takes a new turn in the courts, putting your rights on the line. How much should you get to know about Oklahoma’s executions? That’s the question at the heart of a legal battle right now. It is an attempt to shed light on our…Read More

New State Law Allows Students To Transfer To Any School District

A new state law allowing public school students to transfer to any school district at any point in the year, as long as there is an opening, is now in effect. Some districts have lots of availability while others are limited. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 783 into law last March and the…Read More

Early filings provide peek at 2022 legislation for Oklahoma

The deluge of proposed legislation ahead of the annual legislative session is, as yet, only a trickle. But there are some items of interest among the 50 or so bills and resolutions already in the hopper. Also, scores of bills filed last session and still in various stages of the legislative process will be eligible…Read More

Archbishop Coakley commends decision to commute Jones’ death sentence

“I applaud his commitment to seeking justice while providing the condemned an opportunity for redemption,” the archbishop said in a Nov. 18 statement. Stitt reduced Jones’ sentence to life in prison without parole, partially following a recommendation from the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board but veering from that recommendation, reached in a 3-1 vote Nov.…Read More

Oklahoma parole board questions execution procedure during clemency hearing

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Wednesday recommended clemency for another death row inmate in part because of concerns about the last execution. “That process is obviously flawed,” board member Larry Morris said before voting to recommend clemency. “We have had individuals on the table suffering for 20 and 30 minutes apiece. And I don’t think…Read More

Oklahoma legislators make their voices heard about fate of death row inmate Julius Jones

With the fate of death row inmate Julius Jones in the hands of Gov. Kevin Stitt, legislators are making their voices heard in the remaining hours. Several Republican and Democrat lawmakers stated that they do not want to see Jones put to death. Over the days leading up to the scheduled execution day, several lawmakers…Read More

Trump White House official calls on Stitt to grant Julius Jones clemency

Mercedes Schlapp, the White House Director of Strategic Communications under Trump, called on Governor Stitt to spare Julius Jones’ life. “We are pleading, praying for the Governor of Oklahoma to make the right decision,” Schlapp said. “I think it’s really important to be able to bring in the people who know Julius and can talk…Read More

Explicit School Materials Get Parents’ Attention

Oklahoma schools—in both rural and suburban districts—are providing students with sexually explicit materials and undermining parental rights in other ways, according to parents who have spoken out publicly at recent school board meetings. The response from school officials has been mixed. “If we had more accountability, didn’t have this type of material available, weren’t focused…Read More

Pardon and Parole Board recommends clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones

The board voted 3-1 in favor of granting clemency for Jones, who has been on death row for more than 20 years for the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. One board member recused themselves from the vote. Along with clemency, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended commuting Jones’ death sentence to life…Read More

Oklahoma AG accuses two parole board members of bias, wants them off Julius Jones’ clemency hearing

Oklahoma’s new attorney general wants the chairman and another member of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board banned from two upcoming clemency hearings on bias grounds. Attorney General John O’Connor is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to order the two to disqualify themselves. A clemency hearing for high-profile death row inmate Julius Jones is scheduled for Tuesday.…Read More