Charlene Ramey

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ten years ago, Charlene Ramey became a mother. Two years ago, an eviction notice took her son away from her. Since then, Ramey’s life has been framed against a backdrop of tears and gut-wrenching pain—a deep, unending pain over the loss of her son. Biologically, the boy is the child of Ramey’s ex-partner—but in the practical sense, Ramey said she is the child’s mother. “The coaches, the teachers—everyone—knew that I was the hands-on parent,” she said. “I was mom. He called me mom from the very beginning.” Two years after her break-up, Ramey said she was pushed aside and completely eliminated fromRead More →


OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Governor Mary Fallin’s office Monday, seeking documents about how Fallin and her staff have handled the execution of two condemned inmates and how the governor addressed the state inspection of long-term care facilities. The lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma County District Court, comes just weeks after Fallin’s office released more than 40,000 pages of documents, most of which were copies of emailed newsletters or were heavily redacted. “Apparently, it takes a court action to get correct records from the governor’s office,” Brady Henderson, ACLU Oklahoma Legal Director, said. “So we’re going backRead More →


OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. The lawsuit seeks removal of a monument to the 10 Commandments that was recently placed on lawn of the county courthouse. Brady Henderson, Legal Director of ACLU of Oklahoma, said the lawsuit was filed in Johnson County. He said more than a half-dozen Johnson County residents were plaintiffs. “This isn’t something we take lightly,” Henderson said. “No public official should try and tell residents what they should believe.” The lawsuit comes just days after a similar monument was removed from theRead More →

curbside salesman

OKLAHOMA CITY – James Hassan was selling the Curbside Chronicle. Then he went to jail. On August 10, Hassan – who was homeless – was caught panhandling by the Oklahoma City police and given a ticket. After that, Hassan stopped panhandling and began selling The Curbside Chronicle, a magazine sponsored by the Homeless Alliance. A project of the alliance, The Curbside Chronicle allows homeless and at-risk residents to work as vendors for the publication. The job offers a way for many to earn income, transition back into housing and develop time, money-management and social skills necessary to transition into more traditional employment. Homeless Alliance officialsRead More →


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s move to stay all executions until the spring of 2016 drew praise from the executive director the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Friday. The comment came after The Frontier, an on-line new site based in Tulsa, published a story Friday that stated Oklahoma wouldn’t be conducting any executions until 2016. The story, citing federal court records, said  “a court filing in the Western District of Oklahoma Federal Court states that in the interests of ‘judicial economy and comity,’ the attorney general will not seek an execution date for any of the condemned prisoners until their attorneys are provided with the results of an ongoing stateRead More →


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the unconstitutional conviction of activist and Sooner Tea Party head Al Gerhart, of Oklahoma City, in an opinion released today. Gerhart was convicted of two felony offenses for sending strongly worded emails to a state senator during the 2013 legislative session. American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Legal Director Brady Henderson represented Gerhart during district court hearings in the case, arguing that Gerhart’s speech was protected by the First Amendment. Today the Court of Criminal Appeals agreed, reversing Gerhart’s conviction and ordering charges to be dismissed. The following is attributable to Brady Henderson, Legal Director, ACLURead More →


TAHLEQUAH — The Woodall School District in Tahlequah has rescinded a decision to place boys and girls in separate classrooms for all academic subjects, after being warned by the ACLU that the sex segregated classes violated both state and federal law. Woodall put the single-sex class schedule in place at the beginning of the current school year. The school claimed the system was designed for scheduling convenience, and as a cost savings measure–justifications that are not allowed by law–but the district was able to revert to a coeducational schedule without incurring any additional costs. The following is attributable to Galen Sherwin, Senior Staff Attorney atRead More →