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by Edmond Geary

Setting a Value on Justice System in Oklahoma

A recent study has put some values on the criminal justice system in Oklahoma.  The system is expensive and not very effective, consultants from the nonprofit Council of State Governments’ Justice System have urged in their preliminary report. House of Representatives Speaker Kris Steele has moderated a presentation in three cities to date, Lawton, Enid…

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by Edmond Geary

The CSI Effect in Prosecutions

Crime Scene Investigation is the premise for several television shows.  Known as “CSI, ” the various shows take place in different cities with a different cast for each.  Prosecutors have noticed that some of the half-assed cases they have presented at trial have been found lacking by jurors who later referred to case presented in…

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by Edmond Geary

Staff Disciplinary actions at Prison give insights

Staff disciplinary actions by the Department of Corrections give some insight into the culture and people at the Department of Corrections and at least one of the prisons in Oklahoma.  Department spokesmen say in deciding the penalties, they consider various factors to arrive at an appropriate punishment, including obviously the nature of the violation in…

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by Edmond Geary

Crimes Rates Decline Reported

Crime declined last year to the lowest rate in 40 years.  The findings reported by the F.B.I. has baffled experts for a number of reasons.  This drop in crime continues declines in previous years, and that continuation of decline also baffles the experts. The statistics, reported to the F.B.I. from 13,000 local law-enforcement agencies, show…

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by Edmond Geary

Too Many Prisoners, Study Finds Once Again

An independently-financed study has concluded that Oklahoma’s parole process is keeping the prison population too high for taxpayers to afford.  Still another study with the same conclusion.  The Northpointe Institute for Public Management conducted the study which was financed by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Oklahoma is the only state that requires the governor to…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Solutions Discussed

Year after year, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections comes back to the legislature again and again for supplemental funding.  They can never get enough money.  It’s the same in every state. “Corrections spending is a Pac Man in state budgets everywhere.  It’s eating into all other priorities,” Michael Thompson, executive director of the Council of…

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by Edmond Geary

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obnoxious Protesters

The United States Supreme Court reminded us again of the power of the First Amendment.  Very few people have had sympathy for the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, whose members have been appearing outside the funerals held for American service members killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But today, the Supreme Court decided…

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by Edmond Geary

A Court to Help Veterans facing Criminal Charges

Veteran’s Court was created to help people.  Veterans Treatment Court in Tulsa treats veterans who would otherwise face criminal charges in a different courtroom in the Tulsa Count District Court.  It is one of four in the country   It is being considered as a model by the National Drug Court Institute. Representatives from five states…

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by Edmond Geary

Withdrawal of Plea Denied by Colorado Judge

Joel Stoval filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea in Freemont County District Court in Canon City, Colorado.  He had pled guilty to first degree murder in 2001 shootout which left a deputy sheriff dead and another police officer paralyzed. District Judge Julie Marshal denied the motion to withdraw the plea,  She said Stoval’s…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Medical Examiner Problems

The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner lost its accreditation in July, 2009, from the National Association of Medical Examiners.  In June, 2008, Dr. Jeffery Gorton, the chief medical examiner, announced he planned to quit performing autopsies in Tulsa.  Legislators from Tulsa objected, and he resigned.   An employee in the Tulsa office who was…

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