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Private Prisons: Is the Fox Guarding the Hen House?

Who are the watchdogs supervising America’s private prison industry?  And what measures are in place to ensure adequate supervision over these companies? Under a typical scenario, a private prison company bids to operate a facility.  If the bid is awarded, the prison operator and the government generally negotiate the terms of a multi-year contract.  These… read more…

TPD Identifies Officers Involved in Shooting of Donald Hallett

The Tulsa Police Department has released the names of four officers involved in the shooting death of Donald Hallett.  The officers identified by the TPD include Matt Hart, Eric Spradlin, David Brice and Chris O’Keefe. According to the TPD, the officers were compelled to shoot Hallett after he pointed a shotgun at them while fleeing… read more…

Arrest Warrant Issued for Oklahoma City Police Officer

The Daily Oklahoman is reporting that an arrest warrant has issued for one of its police officers: An arrest warrant has been issued for an Oklahoma City police officer accused of punching a man at a bar while off duty. . . Police Capt. Dexter Nelson confirmed Friday that Officer Kris Hunter has been charged in… read more…

Jacksonville, FL, Settles ADA Dispute with DOJ for $37 million

The Jacksonville Business Journal reports that “The city of Jacksonville has reached a settlement agreement to fix violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.” The Journal continues, “The settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to get the violations fixed will cost $37 million, but the city expected it to be less. ‘They were cost… read more…

Man Charged in Bicycle Fatality Accident

The State filed charges Wednesday against a Tulsa man for leaving the scene of a fatality collision and negligent homicide with a motor.  Joe Neal Briscoe is accused of fleeing the scene after hitting a 71-year-old bicyclist with his car on the night of October 10.  The impact killed Earl Teske who was struck while riding his bicycle… read more…

Polaris Ranger ATV Involved in Rollover Accident

The Muskogee Phoenix is reporting on a rollover accident involving a Polaris Ranger ATV.  The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon on private property just east of Fort Gibson and caused injuries to the three teenage passengers.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol performed a preliminary investigation and concluded the operator was driving too fast for conditions. One… read more…

Does the Open Records Act Require Minutes of Executive Sessions?

The Tulsa World reported today about the Oklahoma Open Records Act, 51 O.S. Sec. 24A.1 et seq., and how enforcement of the Act is generally left to the citizen requesting records.  The World could only locate two cases in the past 10 years where a local district attorney pursued criminal charges against a local official… read more…

Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 4 Lives in Ottawa County

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has reported that a head-on collision three miles east of Wyandotte claimed four lives on Sunday afternoon.  Samantha Delamatter of Fairland; Willis George Jr. of Webb City, Mo.; and Drake Cobb and Syrrena Sanderson of Garland, Texas, were pronounced dead on U.S. 60 one half mile west of Ottawa County Road… read more…

OHP Claims Passenger in Fatality Accident Was Not Wearing Seatbelt

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has reported a fatality auto accident involving a Gracemont teenager. Sabrina Birch died in a one-vehicle accident late Friday in Caddo County.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that Birch was thrown from a pickup truck after its driver, Colby Ruthardt, 17 fell asleep and crashed on U.S. 281. The OHP reported… read more…