Jury trial for Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members set for Nov. 18

Five board members are accused of violating the Open Meeting Act when they first voted on early release requests.
by Nolan Clay Published: June 27, 2013

“This highly publicized prosecution arises for one reason and one reason only: Vindictiveness,” defense attorneys told the judge in a legal filing.

“Because of his disagreement with the law and his personal bias, he ordered the board members to resign or be prosecuted. His actions are nothing short of blackmail. When the board refused to resign, Mr. Prater made good on this threat and filed charges. In doing so, he clearly initiated a vindictive prosecution against the board members who refused to bend to his will,” defense attorneys wrote.

If the cases are not dismissed, the judge also must decide whether the five board members will have separate trials or be tried together.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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