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Statement from ACLU of Oklahoma Regarding Attorney General’s Request to Stay Upcoming Executions

January 26, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – In reaction to the announcement that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has joined with the lawyers of Oklahoma death row inmates in requesting a stay of Oklahoma executions, the ACLU of Oklahoma states the following:

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

While More >

Statements from ACLU of Oklahoma on Oklahoma’s Killing of Charles Warner

January 15, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – In reaction to this evening’s execution of Charles Warner, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has issued the following statements:

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

The State of Oklahoma has once again chosen to murder an individual in a process More >

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Statements from ACLU of Oklahoma on Proposed Bill Criminalizing Hooded Sweatshirts

January 5, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – In reaction to Senator Don Barrington’s introduction of a bill to make the public wearing of hooded clothing, masks, or costumes a criminal misdemeanor even when an individual is not committing any crime, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has issued the following statements:

The following More >

Statements from ACLU of Oklahoma in Response to the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Ruling on Executive Privilege and the Oklahoma Open Records Act

December 16, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

Despite recognizing a privilege that does not appear in the Open Records Act, today’s opinion represents a victory for our client and for the people of Oklahoma. From the outset of this case, we have maintained More >

Media Advisory: Hearing to be held in Oklahoma Observer v. Patton: Federal Court to decide issues of transparency versus secrecy during executions

December 3, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY– On Thursday, December 4, a federal judge will hear live arguments in Oklahoma Observer v. Patton, the case challenging our state government’s attempt to reduce press access and public accountability in Oklahoma’s execution process.

The American Civil Liberties Union will be arguing on behalf of both local More >

10 Commandments

Statement from ACLU of Oklahoma in Response Destruction of Ten Commandments Monument

October 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director: The ACLU of Oklahoma and our clients are outraged at this apparent act of vandalism. While we have and continue to seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds through the More >

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Media Advisory: ACLU Files New Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Ensure Transparency During Executions

October 8, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY–The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a joint brief in the United States District Court here in Oklahoma City that includes a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and Response to the State’s Motion to Dismiss in Oklahoma Observer v. Patton. The Motion for Preliminary Injunction asks the More >

ACLU of Oklahoma Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decision Ending Marriage Discrimination in Oklahoma

October 6, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

In short order, and not a minute too soon, the State of Oklahoma will begin to license and  recognize the marriages of same-sex couples, and one era of discrimination in Oklahoma will be resigned to the More >

Statements from ACLU of Oklahoma in Response to New Oklahoma Execution Protocol

October 1, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Following yesterday’s announcement

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

The new execution protocols are a slap in Oklahoma’s face. The government took a process already corrupted by secrecy and made it even more difficult for the public to know anything about it. More >

ACLU of Oklahoma’s Response to District Court Ruling in Ten Commandments Litigation

September 19, 2014

Oklahoma City– In response to Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince’s ruling in favor of the State’s motion for summary judgement in Prescott, et. al. v. Capitol Preservation Commission, the ACLU of Oklahoma makes the following statement:

The following is attributable to Brady Henderson, Legal Director, ACLU of Oklahoma:

“We More >