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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 […]

ANALYSIS: Death Penalty Review Commission issues sweeping, transformative recommendations

Former Gov. Brad Henry delivers the findings of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission report at the Oklahoma state Capitol.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, April 25, 2017 –  A startling recommendation to maintain – perhaps indefinitely — the existing moratorium on capital punishment in Oklahoma is getting the most attention after release of the final report of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission. However, many of the panel’s other recommendations, if put into effect, […]

Bipartisan Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission to release highly anticipated findings April 25


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission will release its highly anticipated report on Tuesday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at a press conference in the State Capitol press room #432B. The “first of its kind” commission was announced in March 2016. The report has involved […]

As the Oklahoma wind blows, zero-emission tax credit may end on July 1

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by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign – and may by the time this is widely read – House Bill 2298. The measure moves to July 1 the date for wind industry operations to quality for the zero-emission tax credit. In effect, the measure would trigger a slow […]

Roads and Bridges advocate wonders aloud: Should politicians or engineers determine what bridges get repaired and improved?

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by Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher and Editor OKLAHOMA City – The man who runs the state Association of General Contractors (AOGC) makes his case for continuing the momentum of recent years toward transportation infrastructure improvements in the Sooner State. “Science and engineering should be determining the future of roads and bridges, not politicians. The alternative […]

Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist to headline Stillwater banquet honoring Oklahoma’s best reporters

David Fallis, Washington Post editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner, will deliver the keynote address at the April 22 awards banquet for the Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma professional chapter.Photo Provided

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Pulitzer-Prize winning Oklahoman David Fallis will be keynote speaker at the 2017 awards banquet of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Oklahoma chapter. Fallis led reporters who, for The Washington Post, wrote a 2015 series of stories that identified and analyzed some 1,000 fatal shootings by police across the […]

Inaugural Voices of Recovery Luncheon set for April 6


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – The Recovery Center (TRC) will host its first ever Voices of Recovery Luncheon on Thursday, April 6. The event will take place at the Will Rogers Theatre Special Event Venue, 4322 North Western Avenue in Oklahoma City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. TRC specializes in […]

Editorial: Top Ten Reasons NOT to make Mike Christian the Republican nominee for Oklahoma County Sheriff

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The City Sentinel newspaper 1. Mike Christian’s ‘Distasteful Toast’ – Details in page one story in The Oklahoman, March 31, 2017. 2. Last year, his campaign literature inaccurately claimed that he had the support of U.S. Sen. James Lankford, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole. In fact, not one in that trio of well-known […]

FOI Oklahoma ‘Sunshine’ dinner slated for April 7, retired state Justice Taylor to speak

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Freedom of Information Oklahoma, a nonprofit group promoting transparency in government, will hold its second annual “Night of Sunshine” dinner on Friday, April 7, featuring retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Steven W. Taylor as keynote speaker. Justice Taylor, who retired from the court at the end of last year after […]

COMMENTARY: Senator Shortey’s Shortcomings

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by Steve Fair Last week the Oklahoma State Senate unanimously voted to strip Senator Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, of his privileges as a State Senator. He can still vote, but he doesn’t have an office, a legislative assistant or a parking place. Shortey was evidently caught in a motel room with a 17 year old […]

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