Local & Regional
Thu June 27, 2013
Trial Date Set for Oklahoma Parole Board Members
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for members of Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board facing misdemeanor charges that allege they violated the state's Open Meeting Act.
A jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 18 for the five board members, who were charged in March.
Four members — Chairman Marc Dreyer and board members Currie Ballard, Richard Dugger and Lynnell Harkins — face 10 counts. Board member David Moore faces nine counts.
The Oklahoman reports the defendants are seeking dismissal of the charges.
District Attorney David Prater alleges the board granted early parole to some ineligible state prison inmates and did not identify the inmates or the action they planned to consider on meeting agendas in advance.
Prater says the board wanted to hide unpopular actions from the public.