Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members due back in court in June

The five current members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board are accused in misdemeanor charges of illegally voting on inmates' requests for early release without proper public notice.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 17, 2013
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Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board members won't be back in court until June 27 on their misdemeanor cases, attorneys said.

Their next court appearances were set for Thursday but prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to a delay.

Charged last month with 10 misdemeanor counts are board Chairman Marc Dreyer and board members Currie Ballard, Richard Dugger and Lynnell Harkins. Charged with nine misdemeanor counts is board member David Moore.

The board members are accused of violating the Open Meeting Act when they first voted on early release requests. They are accused of failing to properly notify the public.

Board members deny that they ever knowingly or willfully violated the law. They have acknowledged, though, they needed to make changes to be more transparent and open to the public.

One key change, a revamped website, became accessible this week although it is not fully functional yet. The new website, for instance, did not have up Tuesday the agenda for the board's regular April meeting. The meeting began Tuesday morning.

The website is at www.ok.gov/ppb. “It's really good looking,” Dreyer said Tuesday.


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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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