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State Sen. Kay Floyd winner of ‘Guardian Award’ from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women

The Oklahoma Commission for the Status of Women (OCSW) presented Sen. Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City) with the 2017 Guardian Award at the state Capitol Wednesday.  Pictured L-R: OCSW Chair Maria Trapp-Braly, Sen. Floyd, OCSW Vice Chair Gloria Torres and OCSW Executive Director Kitti Asberry. Photo by Jennifer Brock, Oklahoma state Senate Staff.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) presented the 2017 Guardian Award on Wednesday (May 17) to state Senator Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, during a news conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol. “The Commission is delighted to recognize Sen. Floyd’s important contributions to Oklahoma women with the 2017 […]

In Oklahoma speech, John Dear remembers Mother Teresa, advocating non-violence, an end to war, and death penalty abolition

OK-CADP vice chair Don Heath with keynote speaker Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In a lifetime of opposition to capital punishment, Father John Dear has developed a powerful collection of stories about pivotal moments in the latter cause. He shared some of them in the keynote speech he delivered at the May 4 annual dinner of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the […]

Abolitionists celebrate 26th Annual Dinner with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Father John Dear

OK-CADP 26th Annual Dinner keynote speaker, Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) held its 26th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner on May 4 featuring author and Noble Peace Prize Nominee Father John Dear as keynote speaker. Over 150 people attended the event held at the Cathedral of Our […]

Tulsa Business, Community and Faith Leaders advance Immigration Reform as Legislative Priority

Participants in the Tulsa press conference for the Oklahoma Coalition of, from left to right: 
Rodrigo Rojas, Director of Development and Communications, Teach for America; Elizabeth McCormick, Director of Clinical Education Programs, The University of Tulsa College of Law; Francisco J. Treviño, President and CEO, Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Deacon Kevin Sartorius, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Tulsa; and Laura Bachman, Immigration Program Manager, YWCA Tulsa. Photo Provided

Staff Report Tulsa, Oklahoma – A new statewide coalition is addressing what the group says is “the urgent need for immigration reform to keep the American Dream alive.” is a national bipartisan organization started by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates among other key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the […]

Black Legislative Caucus to host A.C. Hamlin dinner May 2

A. C. Hamlin.  Wikipedia photo

Staff Report Oklahoma City – The 21st Biennial A. C. Hamlin Banquet will be held Tuesday May 2 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  A reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $50.00, and can be purchased in Senator Kevin Matthews’ office, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., […]

If recommendations take hold, common existing practices in Oklahoma death penalty cases would be limited

Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission co-hair attorney Andy Lester speaks during the press conference to announce the yearlong report findings.  Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Many recommendations in a new report from a bipartisan group that spent 18 months examining Oklahoma’s death penalty process would put in place new limits on common practices of prosecutors, bolster training and resources for lawyers defending persons accused of capital crimes, clarify jury instructions and bolster the role […]

In major report, Death Penalty Review Commission recommends extension of execution moratorium

The OK Death Pealty Review Commission led by former Gov. Brad Henry(  at podium).   Photo by Darla Shelden

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY, April 25, 2017  – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission issued a unanimous recommendation that the state extend the moratorium on the death penalty which has been in place for more than two years. In a state Capitol press conference, former Governor Brad Henry, commission co-chair, told reporters, “The […]

Summary of four-part documentary on Richard Glossip case, fifth segment announced

Award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger obtained unprecedented access to interview Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, the subject of his latest documentary.  Killing Richard Glossip Screenshot

Compiled by Patrick B. McGuigan Investigation Discovery (ID) will encore all four episodes of the series, “Killing Richard Glossip” on Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.  The ID channel has announced a new fifth segment is in production. “This documentary makes the case for Richard Glossip’s actual innocence. 

It does so powerfully and persuasively. […]

Oklahomans to ‘brave the shave’ at St. Baldrick’s OKC event to fight childhood cancer


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Report OKLAHOMA CITY – St. Baldrick’s OKC will hold its 2017 annual fundraiser in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Sunday, April 23. The event will be in the Western Avenue Corridor at NW 42nd and Western, adjacent to VZD’s Restaurant and Bar and Becks Garage. Registration will begin at noon, with […]

Impressions and Questions: Could documentary ‘Killing Richard Glossip’ end up saving him?

Attorney Don Knight, a member of Richard Glossip’s legal team, is seen at the Oklahoma City premiere of the documentary “Killing Richard Glossip” held at the Paramount Cinema.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Many lawyers speak at great length, even when that is not necessary. 
Don Knight, lawyer for Richard Glossip, can speak with a few words, when necessary. Concerning the potential impact of an Investigation Discovery (ID) documentary called “Killing Richard Glossip” set for broadcast on April 17 and 18, at […]

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