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Attorneys believe race study shows Oklahoma inmate Julius Jones’ death sentence is unconstitutional

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In August 1999, Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy sought the death penalty against Julius Darius Jones, a former John Marshall High School honor student who was accused of killing an Edmond insurance executive, Paul Scott Howell. Jones is African American. He was only 19 […]

Members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission worked dutifully for one year – Read the Report!

  Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – When former Governor Brad Henry, a Democrat, and members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission – the first of its kind nationally – convened last year — they quickly settled on a few things. First, they would study the entire process of capital punishment in Oklahoma, from […]

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

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

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, […]

Wild Wednesday: All hell breaks loose in Richard Glossip investigation(s)

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Lawyers battling to prevent execution of death row inmate Richard E. Glossip want to block what they call attempts to stymie “innocence witnesses” – individuals who have submitted affidavits raising questions about evidence in the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese. Attorneys Don Knight, Kathleen Lord and […]

Glossip family members, exoneree Nathson Fields & OK-CADP keep hope alive with rally and sit in

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty joined with members of Richard Glossip’s family to hold a rally and sit in at the state Capitol just one day before the scheduled execution of Richard Glossip.  Participants were calling once again for a stay of execution for Glossip, who […]

Alternate narrative: Glossip brief before Oklahoma appeals court focuses on Constitution, inconsistencies in testimony, behavior of original investigators

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Don Knight and his team of attorneys argue, in a lengthy brief filed with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday, that a wide range of deficiencies exist in the case against Richard Glossip. In 2007, the state appeals court, in a close 3-2 vote, turned […]

Letter to the Editor: Saving Glossip, Supporting Justice

To The Editor: On September 16th, Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip. He did not commit the murder, and is very likely innocent of any involvement. The murderer was Justin Sneed, who killed Barry Van Treese with a baseball bat in 1997. Glossip, Sneed and Van Treese all worked at the motel where Van […]

Calling for ‘a state of justice,’ Prejean ecstatic after execution stays

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Just one day before Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip was to be executed, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay for his execution along with the executions of two other inmates, John Grant and Benjamin Cole. The Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the use of […]

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