Okla. DA Accuses Board of Violating Open Meeting Act

Aug 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater is accusing the Pardon and Parole Board of violating the state's Open Meeting Act.

Prater delivered a nine-page letter Wednesday to the board's executive director, Terry Jenks. It alleges the board violated the law when it gave certain prison inmates early parole consideration.

Prater says the board gave no notice to the public that it would be considering early parole for the inmates. Parole was considered under agenda items called "docket modifications," but Prater says that violates the letter and spirit of the act.

Prater says some inmates should not have been considered for parole because they hadn't served 85 percent of their sentences.

Prater says any action taken by the board is invalid. Jenks did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.