Posts Tagged:Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Board recommends clemency for James Coddington

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 on Wednesday to recommend clemency to death row inmate James Coddington. The board’s clemency recommendation is for life without the possibility of parole. Richard Smothermon, Larry Morris and Edward Konieczny all voted for the recommendation, while Scott Williams and Cathy Stocker voted against. The 50-year-old is on…Read More

With Supreme Court considering Roe v. Wade, Oklahoma governor signs abortion ban into law

Following news that the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn longstanding abortion protections, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation that immediately implemented a Texas-style abortion ban. Stitt on Tuesday signed legislation that will allow private citizens to sue anyone who “aids or abets” a woman seeking an abortion after a “fetal heartbeat” is detected or…Read More

Gov. Stitt Announces Sweeping School Choice Reform

In his State of the State address, Gov. Kevin Stitt urged legislators to be bold and provide Oklahoma families with a significant expansion of school-choice opportunity, saying families should have the greatest voice in how their children are educated. “In Oklahoma, we listen to parents, because we know God gave kids to parents—not to the…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

Illicit marijuana in Oklahoma: ‘You probably don’t even understand the magnitude of it’

A lot of new pickup trucks are kicking up dust on rural Oklahoma roads. The drivers, in many cases, are not familiar to longtime locals and seem to prefer it that way. Stories abound of strangers showing up with bundles of cash and paying far above market rates for farmland that’s quickly converted to marijuana…Read More

Pardon and Parole Board set to review clemency for 2 Oklahoma death row inmates

Oklahoma is less than two weeks away from the state’s next scheduled execution. Death row inmate Bigler Stouffer is scheduled to be put to death on Dec. 9 for the 1985 killing of an Oklahoma teacher. Stouffer’s attorneys are appealing a judge’s decision to not stop his execution because of concerns about the drugs Oklahoma…Read More

Oklahoma governor commutes death sentence hours before execution

Oklahoma Gov. J. Kevin Stitt today commuted the death sentence of an inmate, hours before his scheduled execution. Julius Jones, who was scheduled to be executed today at 4 p.m. for a murder he says he did not commit, will have to serve a life imprisonment instead, without the possibility of parole. “After prayerful consideration…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

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