In Memoriam Samuel J. “Jack” Bell, June 9, 1947 – February 23, 2008 Jack was a great friend to the ACLU of Oklahoma. He was always willing to help out in any capacity at the affiliate office. The floor to ceiling library shelves in the conference rooms were constructed by Jack. He was always available with his truck when the affiliate office moved to a bigger and better location. Jack was the unofficial “photographer” for the affiliate, capturing photos for the newsletter and web site and helping with bulk mailings. He is missed. Harley Brown, October 26, 1907 – June 6, 2008 Harley was aRead More →

By Randy Coyne, National Board Representative Presently, 36 states (including Oklahoma) and the federal government are in the execution business. All of these jurisdictions (save one) use lethal injection as the primary method of killing prisoners sentenced to death. Other apparently lawful execution methods include hanging, electrocution, and death by firing squad. During the past year, Oklahoma prison officials have killed twice. On August 21, 2007, officials at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester lethally injected Frank Duane Welch for the 1987 murder of Jo Talley Cooper, a 28-year-old Norman woman. And on June 17, just two months after the Baze Supreme Court decision, TerryRead More →

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is proud to announce the revitalization of the ACLU of Oklahoma Anti-Death Penalty Project. This project has been dormant for the past decade and members of this affiliate are very excited to be back on the front lines fighting for an end to this unconstitutional practice. The purpose of the Project is to provide the people of Oklahoma with a resource dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty through continuing public education, lobbying efforts and litigation. The Project will assume a proactive posture in the struggle to abolish the death penalty in our state, and will accomplishRead More →