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Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board should ignore the drama, and provide Justice for Julius: A Commentary

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – Public policy development and administration is always a messy and tumultuous process. That has been particularly true of the drama surrounding the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board for several months. One board member, Allen McCall, has been hip-deep in efforts (with others) to make life miserable for fellow […]

Justice for Julius campaign launches “Facebook Live Fridays”

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – As part of the Justice for Julius campaign, “Facebook Live Fridays” has recently been launched as a way to raise awareness of the wrongful conviction of Julius Jones, who has been on Oklahoma’s death row for over 20 years for a murder he did not commit. The […]

Doing Some Heavy Lifting: Commuting Julius Jones — and Ending Executions in Oklahoma

Patrick B. McGuigan Published July 19, 2020. Updated: July 26, 2020   OKLAHOMA CITY – Just 13 months ago, the two attorneys leading efforts to save the life of Julius Jones – who I do not believe committed an act of murder in 1999 – unveiled their drive to encourage the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole […]

Special edition of ’20/20’ to feature “The Last Defense” examining Julius Jones death row case airs July 14 on ABC

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A special edition of ABC’S ‘20/20’ airing Tuesday, July 14, will feature former high school basketball state champion and honor student Julius Jones, who is seeking clemency while on death row for murder. The program will air from 7 – 9 p.m. CST. Jones has […]

COMMENTARY: In the search for justice, the job of advocates is to advocate

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In news parlance, state Attorney General Mike Hunter “drove the news cycle” on Monday, July 6. In a passionate presentation, he pulled together (with backing materials for reporters and to the public) the government’s case against Julius Jones — who was sent to Oklahoma’s death row […]

Analysis: Pardon and Parole Board Review of Death Sentences: Two Paths

By Randy Bauman, ACLU of Oklahoma, Of Counsel June 23, 2020   Julius Jones is seeking relief from his death sentence per a procedure clearly allowed by law and regulation. Under Article 6, Section 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution, the Governor is given the authority to reduce criminal sentences upon favorable recommendation of the Pardon […]

COMMENTARY: Saving Julius Jones: A time for truth, and a time for wisdom

  By Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher of The City Sentinel Thursday, June 11, 2020   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma state Pardon and Parole Board is asking Attorney General Mike Hunter whether or not they have the authority to consider requests for commutation of sentences imposed on death row inmates in our state. Those […]

Lawyer for death row inmates calls June and July “reasonable timeframe” for key issues in Oklahoma lethal injection case

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Today, May 5, Judge Stephen Friot of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ordered Oklahoma state officials to provide additional information to death row prisoners about the State’s plans for training protocols related to lethal injection executions. The Oklahoma […]

Attorneys challenge Oklahoma’s proposed return to “risky and incomplete” lethal injection protocol

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Attorneys for Oklahoma death row prisoners have filed a Motion to Reopen the prisoners’ lethal injection protocol lawsuit, which was administratively closed in 2015 pursuant to a Joint Stipulation between the prisoners and the state. On February 13, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Attorney General […]

Oklahoma to resume state killings after acquiring same lethal injection drugs used in botched executions

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State officials announced today, (Feb. 13), that Oklahoma would resume executions with an “updated version” of the lethal injection drugs used in past botched executions in Oklahoma. A press conference was held by Attorney General Mike Hunter Thursday morning accompanied by Gov. Kevin Stitt, […]

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