With indictment, District Attorney David Prater preserving political system's integrity

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 12, 2013

Prater has taken similar stands in the past. He indicted former Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, for felony bribery after Terrill tried to create an $80,000 state job for a senator — a job other officials felt the senator was unqualified to perform — allegedly to pay her not to seek re-election. Once again, a layman would consider that a bribe. Prater agreed and made the tough call to prosecute.

We disagreed with Prater's recent decision to prosecute members of the Pardon and Parole Board for violating open meetings laws, feeling the punishment exceeded the alleged crime, but still appreciate his zeal for demanding — and protecting — integrity in our political system.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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