Posts Tagged:John O’Connor

‘Shocked, sad, angry’; Law firm releases more new evidence in Glossip case

This week, a law firm released more new evidence that they say brings into question the guilt of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip. “Shocked, sad, angry,” said Don Knight, Glossip’s attorney, when describing his feelings about the new findings. “Richard spent 25 years on death row now for a crime he didn’t commit and…Read More

America Magazine Calls out Oklahoma’s unprecedented rush to execute 25 people

In Oklahoma, 25 death row inmates have been placed in an execution queue that extends from August 2022 through Christmas 2024. If the plan survives court challenges and public resistance, 58 percent of the people on Oklahoma’s death row, “including multiple prisoners with severe mental illness, brain damage, and claims of innocence,” will be put…Read More

Republican legislator vows to end capital punishment in Oklahoma if state kills death row inmate

Findings from an independent investigation into the conviction of an Oklahoma death row inmate have at least one Republican legislator calling for the end of the state’s use of capital punishment if the man is put to death. The inquiry into the conviction of Richard Glossip showed his case was marred by “inexcusable” conduct by…Read More

AG O’Connor Opposes Biden Transgenderism Mandate

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has joined a national coalition of state attorneys general to oppose the Biden administration’s efforts to force schools to embrace transgender policies, including policies that grant male students access to girls’ restrooms. “President Biden’s new guidance threatens to take away free and lower-cost meals from school children who rely on…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

Timetable to resume executions pushed back by Oklahoma attorney general’s office

The Oklahoma attorney general’s office has pushed back its timetable for resuming executions, telling the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that the Oct. 7 date requested for death row inmate John Marion Grant is too soon to meet state requirements. In a brief filed on Friday with the court, Attorney General John O’Connor said Corrections…Read More

Execution dates requested for Julius Jones, 6 other inmates by new Oklahoma AG

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has requested an execution date for Julius Jones. According to the AG’s office, they’ve requested October 28th be Jones’s execution date. Advocates for Julius Jones say this request undermines public faith in the justice process. Jones is currently scheduled to have a commutation hearing on September 13th. “It is shocking–…Read More

STITT APPOINTS NEW STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a former Trump judicial nominee, longtime Tulsa attorney John O’Connor, to serve as the attorney general of Oklahoma. O’Connor said he would work “with our governor and Legislature to bring honest, outstanding governance to Oklahomans” and expressed a willingness to fight in court to reverse some high-profile U.S. Supreme Court…Read More