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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 >

ACLU of Oklahoma sues Oklahoma Sheriff for denying access to public records of his office’s involvement in “Black Asphalt” Database

September 11, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma today filed suit in Logan County District Court requesting a court order to compel Logan County Sheriff Jim Bauman to turn over records of a web-based database called “Black Asphalt,” previously kept secret from those outside law-enforcement and which More >

Media Advisory: ACLU of Oklahoma Requests Supreme Court Review in Open Records Lawsuit

September 9, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY–The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Foundation filed an appeal on behalf of Vandelay Entertainment, the publisher of the news and satire blog TheLostOgle.com, in its suit against Governor Mary Fallin. The case came about when the Governor denied a lawful request to release 100 pages More >

ACLU of Oklahoma’s Response to Partisan, Superficial Review of the Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett

September 4, 2014

Oklahoma City– In response to a summary report of findings from an internal, partisan review of the events before, during, and after the State of Oklahoma’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the ACLU of Oklahoma makes the following statement:

 

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU More >