Category Archive for: governor

Execution dates set for Oklahoma death row inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – While it has been more than five years since an execution has taken place in Oklahoma, execution dates have been set for several death row inmates. These will be the first executions performed in Oklahoma since 2015. In 2014, the State of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett for killing 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman in 1999.…Read More

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends commuting death row inmate Julius Jones’ sentence

The death penalty case of Julius Jones, which has caught the attention of people across the country, including multiple celebrities, was recommended for commutation by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Monday. It is now up to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt whether to change Jones’ sentence to something other than death. “I believe in…Read More

Don’t back false claims about St Junipero Serra, Catholics ask California governor

Misleading claims about St. Junipero Serra have made their way into a bill sent to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, drawing concerns and objections from several Catholic leaders who say the errors shouldn’t stand amid debate about statues of the pioneering Spanish Franciscan missionary. After vandals knocked down a decades-old statue of Serra on the…Read More

Gov. Stitt signs 9 pro-life bills into law

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and several lawmakers held a ceremonial bill signing Thursday for nine anti-abortion laws. The laws include banning abortions if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, and only doctors board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology can perform an abortion. All nine bills and their authors are listed below: SB 918 restores Oklahoma’s…Read More

South Dakota Governor Issues Executive Order Restricting ‘Telemedicine’ Abortions

Gov. Kristi Noem, R-SD, has signed an executive order prohibiting the abortion industry from prescribing and selling abortion-inducing drugs online. Under Noem’s new order, only licensed South Dakota doctors may prescribe abortion-inducing drugs, and then only after an in-person exam. In addition, the order dictated that the state collect data on harmful side effects of…Read More

Texas heartbeat ban takes effect, breaks barrier

A Texas law that prohibits abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected became effective Wednesday (Sept. 1) in a barrier-breaking development hailed by pro-life advocates and decried by abortion-rights defenders. The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to block enforcement of the measure in response to a last-ditch request by abortion-rights organizations meant the law became…Read More

Pardon and Parole Board sets clemency hearing dates for Julius Jones, more death row inmates

The state Pardon and Parole Board on Tuesday set tentative dates for clemency hearings in the cases of several death row inmates who face execution while the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals weighs whether the capital punishments may move forward. Clemency hearings for the inmates would take place 21 days before their scheduled executions. A formal approval…Read More

Julius Jones’ attorneys push back on Oklahoma AG’s request for execution date

Attorneys for a prominent death row inmate are pushing back on the Oklahoma attorney general’s request that an execution date be set for Oct. 28. Julius Jones’ legal team filed a motion Friday asking the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to disregard the request from Attorney General John O’Connor, who asked this week that execution dates…Read More

Investigation by Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends Julius Jones not be executed

An investigator for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board wrote in her report under “Investigator recommendation” that death prisoner Julius Jones be granted life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole. Jones, 41, has spent two decades on death row for the 1999 killing of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. Jones has maintained…Read More