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Oklahoma judge dismisses challenge to Ten Commandments monument
September 22, 2014
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince ruled Friday that a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol Building does not violate the state's constitution. The monument was erected in 2012 after gaining approval in 2009 from the state legislature. The Ameri....... [more]

Oklahoma asks court to dismiss lawsuit filed after botched execution
September 18, 2014
Oklahoma on Wednesday requested that the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismiss a lawsuit filed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer filed the lawsuit in August in reaction to the sta....... [more]

New lethal injection procedures expected in Oklahoma
September 5, 2014
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced a series of new protocols Thursday that are expected to take effect for state executions. Her announcement followed a report issued by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety on Thursday detailing the findings of the prolonged execution of Clayton Lockett las....... [more]

US states ask Supreme Court to issue definitive ruling on same-sex marriage
September 5, 2014
Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen states tha....... [more]

ACLU, media seeking greater access to executions
August 26, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Oklahoma, the Guardian US and the Oklahoma Observer filed a lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma seeking greater media access to state executions. The lawsuit cites the botched execution of Oklahoma in....... [more]

Warrantless Cell Phone Searches
August 6, 2014
JURIST Columnist Adam Banner of the Oklahoma Legal Group discusses the Fourth Amendment implications of warrantless cell phone searches in the context of two recent Supreme Court decisions on the issue... Two cases recently decided by the US Supreme Court will likely have a tremendous impact on our....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules against Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban
July 18, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling striking down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled in January that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the Fourt....... [more]

Strategies Leading Up to the Botched Execution of an Oklahoma Death Row Inmate
June 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Spiropoulos of the Oklahoma City University School of Law discusses the tactical strategies of all parties involved in the Oklahoma Courts' death penalty decisions ... On April 28, Oklahoma's execution by lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett went awry....... [more]

Catholic employers temporarily exempt from contraception mandate
June 6, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Wednesday granted an injunction that temporarily exempts more than 200 Catholic employers from providing insurance coverage for birth control under the of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Catholic Benef....... [more]

State Bans on Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
04/22/2014: Supreme Court upheld Michigan affirmative action ban. 06/24/2013: Supreme Court sent Texas affirmative action case back to lower court. 11/06/2012: Oklahoma voters approved affirmative action ban. 04/02/2012: Ninth Circuit upheld California affirmative action ban. 11/02/2010: Ar....... [more]

Holder revives domestic terrorism task force
June 4, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice will revive a formerly defunct task force to combat domestic terrorism. The task force, called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, was originally formed following the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 but was shut d....... [more]




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