David Prater ignores politics to protect rule of law

Modified: March 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013
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“Prosecution may do more harm than good” (Our Views, March 15) ends with the question, “Who benefits from this?” The answer is simple: the rule of law benefits from this; therefore, so do the citizens of Oklahoma. Those of us who serve on public boards are motivated not by money but by a calling to serve our communities, our state and our nation. Volunteer service doesn't, however, place us above the law. Board members swear to uphold the laws of the state of Oklahoma and the United States of America when they take their oath of office and accept the responsibilities of their position. That oath is real and it must be followed; it's not merely a ceremonial formality that may be forgotten by a public servant.

The Open Meeting Act exists to ensure the transparency of the government's work and to promote the public's vigilance in the decision making process. The act is a critical element of democracy. If the parole board members violated the act, they broke the law and they breached their oath. Redress by the district attorney (whom we elected to enforce the laws) is therefore not just appropriate but entirely necessary to protect the integrity and legitimacy of our laws and of our legal system.

“Who benefits from this?” We all do! I applaud Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater for once again having the courage to ignore political expedience in order to protect the rule of law.

Fred Leibrock, Oklahoma City


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