UPDATE — Embattled Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Mary Fallin Thursday. Glanz’s short, two-paragraph letter said his resignation would be effective on Nov. 1. Glanz asked Fallin to call for a special election “to fill the vacancy as soon as possible.” Friday, the governor issued an executive order, setting the primary election for March 1, 2016. The special general election would be April 5, 2016. Filing period for the post, the governor’s order indicated, is Dec. 7, 8 and 9.   TULSA — The Tulsa World newspaper reported Wednesday that Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz will resign from hisRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission voted 7-1 Tuesday to direct the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to remove a controversial monument of the 10 Commandments from the grounds of the state Capitol building. One member of the commission, Lou Kerr, abstained from voting. The vote took place during a special meeting of the commission. Linda Edmondson, a senior member of the Capitol Preservation Commission chaired the meeting. Edmondson, the wife of former state attorney general Drew Edmondson, said the special meeting was necessary because the commission’s next scheduled meeting was Oct. 15. Edmondson said she chaired the meeting because the commission’s chairman and viceRead More →

By M. Scott Carter A hearing has been scheduled for October in Oklahoma County District Court over the police seizure of Don Hoover’s 1994 BMW. Earlier this week, the ACLU of Oklahoma reported that a car owned retired political consultant Don Hoover had been seized by Oklahoma City police in 2014. In the story, Don Hoover said he had not been notified about the seizure. On Friday, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater told The McCarville Report, a political newsletter, that Don Hoover had, indeed, received notification that his car had been seized. “This is a perfect example of the lies being told about assetRead More →

TULSA, Okla. – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Oklahoma filed a friend-of-the-court brief yesterday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, arguing that a police officer does not have a religious right to refuse assignments simply because they require him to serve people who do not share his faith. The Islamic Society of Tulsa held a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in 2011 to thank local police for protecting the center after it received threats during the previous year. As part of the department’s community policing initiative, Capt. Paul Fields was directed to attend, or send officers from hisRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY – A lawsuit was filed today on behalf of six Oklahoma voters – including women’s health providers– against an Oklahoma ballot initiative that would ban vital health services by granting fertilized eggs and embryos the same constitutional rights as people. The voters are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Oklahoma and the Center for Reproductive Rights. “By their own admission, the proponents of this initiative aim to strip women and families of their established right to decide whether and when to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term,” said Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma.Read More →