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OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections were so paranoid about the public disclosure of employees and information involved in executions that they “blatantly violated” internal and state policies, a recently released grand jury report said. The report, ACLU of Oklahoma Legal Director Brady Henderson said, is also evidence that Oklahoma needs to eliminate “the ongoing circus that is the death penalty in Oklahoma.” Detailed in a scathing, 106-page document, the 14th Interim Report from the Multicounty Grand Jury of Oklahoma harshly criticized the state’s handling of the execution of Charles Warner and the attempted killing of Richard Glossip. The document alsoRead More →

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed Senate Bill 1552, a measure which would have made it a felony for physicians to perform abortions. In response, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma issued the following statement: Please attribute to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director: “We are grateful that Gov. Mary Fallin has chosen to veto one of the most extreme pieces of anti-choice legislation ever produced in Oklahoma. The governor’s action sends a strong message to the Oklahoma Legislature that measures such as these do nothing to push our state forward. However, the fight is far from over. WeRead More →

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After the Oklahoma Legislature filed two pieces of anti-transgender legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma issued the following statement: Please attribute to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director: “The legislature’s attacks on Oklahoma’s transgender youth are disappointing and unconscionable. This hateful assault on some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable residents is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to divert attention away from Oklahoma’s budget crisis. This proposed law does nothing to protect religious liberty, but rather attempts to use religion as a weapon to discriminate. We urge lawmakers to abandon this harmful legislation and spend their time and resourcesRead More →

ACLU of OK

OKLAHOMA CITY – In conjunction with the news that the Oklahoma Legislature passed SB 1552 criminalizing abortion, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement: The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director: By creating an effective ban on abortion, Senate Bill 1552 is one of the most extreme anti-choice measures imaginable. The Oklahoma Legislature is acting in direct defiance of more than four decades of court precedent, which guarantees access to reproductive health care, including the right to access a safe and legal abortion.  In the midst of the worst budget crisis in our state’s history, we cannot imagineRead More →

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Following the news that the Pardon and Parole Board unanimously denied  parole for Larry Yarbrough on Tuesday May 17th, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement: The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director: “After nearly two decades in prison for a non-violent offense, to say that Mr. Yarbrough has paid his debt to society would be an understatement. Mr. Yarbrough is a model prisoner. By shirking their responsibility to correct this excessively harsh sentence, the Pardon and Parole Board committed a grave injustice with implications that reach far beyond this individual case. TheirRead More →

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A non-profit organization that pushed for the development and passage of Oklahoma City’s anti-panhandling ordinance has a $190,000-per year contract with the city of Oklahoma City, records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma show. Those same records show that city officials worked hand-in-hand with the non-profit Neighborhood Alliance to develop and mobilize support for the anti-panhandling ordinance, but at the same time forced another city-funded nonprofit, the Homeless Alliance, to apologize for voicing opposition to the proposal. Both the Neighborhood Alliance and the Homeless Alliance are funded, in part, through contracts with Oklahoma City’s municipal government and by local,Read More →

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Calling it a disturbing example of government misconduct, the top attorney for ACLU Oklahoma said the organization has launched an in-depth investigation into the asset seizure practices of the Muskogee County Sheriff, District Attorney, and other law enforcement officials. Brady Henderson, Legal Director for ACLU Oklahoma, said his office is not only investigating the botched seizure of $53,000 belonging to a Christian band, a church, and an orphanage, but earlier seizures that appear riddled with improper practices and legal deficiencies. The most recent case involves Eh Wah, a 40-year-old Texas man who is a refugee from Burma. Wah, a U.S. citizen, wasRead More →