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 of public records she refused to turn over regarding her decision to reject medicaid expansion. Twenty months after receiving an Open Records Request The Lost Ogle, and over fourteen months after the ACLU of Oklahoma filed suit to compel their release, Governor Fallin handed over 100 pages of emails regarding her decision to rejectRead More →

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 of Oklahoma: It is appalling that the State of Oklahoma would try to pass this report off as the result of an independent inquiry when it is anything but independent. This incomplete report attempts to make light of fundamental failures that took place during the exercise of the government’s greatest authority; theRead More →

Lawsuit Seeks Uncensored Access to Executions, Citing First Amendment Press Freedom August 25, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Oklahoma, and two newspapers filed a lawsuit today seeking to stop Oklahoma prison officials from selectively filtering what journalists can see during an execution. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Guardian US and The Oklahoma Observer, follows the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April during which prison officials blocked witnesses’ view when the procedure did not go as planned. “The state of Oklahoma violated the First Amendment, which guarantees the right of the press to witness executions so theRead More →

August 11, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty months after receiving an Open Records Request from local news and satire outlet The Lost Ogle, and over fourteen months after the ACLU of Oklahoma filed suit to compel their release, Governor Fallin today handed over 100 pages of emails regarding her decision to reject federal funding of Medicaid expansion. The release preceded a planned appeal of a district court ruling that rejected two of three privilege claims made by the Governor in her administration’s attempt to avoid the requirements of Oklahoma’s Open Records Act. The district court did allow the Governor to claim a “deliberative process privilege”,Read More →

July 9, 2014 by Hilary Hudson An expired driver’s license typically demands a routine trip to the tag agency and the accompanying annoyances – waiting in line, paying renewal fees, and posing awkwardly for a picture. Most Oklahomans, however, do not know just how much personal information they are sharing when they smile for the digital camera. The high-resolution photographs taken for Oklahoma driver’s licenses and identification cards actually contain biometric data: unique information that can be used to identify you based on your facial features. The information gathered includes physical signatures like iris recognition data containing color or texture patterns, and a digital imageRead More →