Local & Regional
Thu January 30, 2014
Charges Against Parole Board to be Dropped
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Criminal charges are going to be dropped against the five members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.
The members had been accused of illegally voting on inmates' requests for early release without proper public notice.
The Oklahoman reports the misdemeanor charges are being dismissed because the members signed a one-page statement acknowledging a procedure on such requests appears to have violated the Open Meeting Act.
Oklahoma City defense attorney John Coyle delivered the statement on Tuesday to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.
Coyle said the statement is part of a dismissal agreement.
Prater said that with the statement, he anticipates a resolution in "short order."
The five charged were board Chairman Marc Dreyer and board members Currie Ballard, Richard Dugger, Lynnell Harkins and David Moore.