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Insurance Companies Push to Deny Recovery to Fault-Free Passangers

A recent car crash involving a Hulbert family could leave some without means of a full recovery.  On March 7, 2012, members of the Whisenhunt family were involved in two-car collision near Tahlequah.  Muskogee’s Air Evac and Tulsa Lifeflight were called to transport the injured parties to a Tulsa hospital.  According to a story published… read more…

Muskogee Fire Chief Suspended

The City of Muskogee has suspended its Fire Chief for refusing to hire an applicant because the applicant is part of the National Guard. The City allowed Chief Derek Tatum to serve the suspension in three one week increments. His actions may have exposed the City of Muskogee to liability under federal law. Story from… read more…

Take Time Off to Vote

Oklahoma is holding its primary elections today for the Presidential election and, under Oklahoma law, your employer must give you time off to exercise that right (although you must give one day’s notice of your intent to vote): Title 26 § 7-101—Employee may have up to two hours, or more if employee lives far away… read more…

Do Cellphone Cameras Endanger the Police?

With the proliferation of smart phones with built-in cameras, video encounters of citizens and police are finding their way online with greater frequency.  It is a far cry from the early 1990’s where video of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King sparked a national debate over police brutality.  But has the advent of cell phone cameras actually… read more…

Study Discredits Deterrence of 3 Strikes Law

The Los Angeles Times published a recent story on a new study from California that suggests its 3 strikes law contributed to prison overcrowding but did little to deter crime.  The study calls into question the use of public funds to incarcerate non-violent offenders when other services like health care and education see deeper cuts…. read more…

Family Sues Private Prison Operator CCA

The family of Hawaiian inmate Bronson Nunuha, who was murdered just five months before his release, has filed suit against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) (NYSE:CXW).  The suit alleges that CCA’s business model operates to grossly understaff its facilities which violates fundamental safety requirements.  A copy of the lawsuit is available here:  Nunuha Complaint. According to the… read more…

Challenge to Ordinance May Go Forward

In January the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma denied Oklahoma City’s motion to dismiss a facial and as applied challenge to its disorderly conduct statute.  Eugene Volokah has weighed in over at the Volokah Conspiracy.  Link here.

Supreme Court to Decide Health Care Mandate

The Supreme Court voted this morning to decide whether the government can compel citizens to purchase health care insurance.  From the New York Times: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The development set the stage for oral arguments by March and… read more…