“Prosecution may do more harm than good” (Our Views, March 15) is off the mark when it argues Pardon and Parole Board members shouldn't be prosecuted for alleged violations of the Open Meeting Act. Oklahoma has a long history of governmental misdeeds. The Open Meeting Act is one way we combat governmental abuse. Until Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater had the political courage to prosecute people in power with even more powerful friends and sponsors, the Open Meeting Act was treated as a joke by many state agencies.
I speak from the perspective of a retired state attorney who fought more times than I should have been required to, to see that this law was obeyed. This act assures everyday Oklahomans know what their government is about to do. When an appointed board is about to decide to free criminals a jury has convicted and a duly elected judge has sentenced, everyone needs to know — not after the deed is done, but before, so our voices and those of prosecutors and victims can be heard. If the allegations as reported in The Oklahoman are correct, each and every board member violated the law — not once, but many times.
The people of Oklahoma deserve better. Thank goodness a man who doesn't consider politics before making prosecutorial decisions is in the DA's office. Thank goodness for faithful public servants like Prater. Shame on those who try to thwart justice and good government.
Andrew Tevington, Oklahoma City
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