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Tulsa World sues governor, DPS

Ponca City Now - December 23, 2014 7:18 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the state seeking the release of records related to the troubled execution of Clayton Lockett.

The Tulsa World reported Monday that the lawsuit was filed by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on behalf of BH Media Group, Inc., which owns the World, and Enterprise Editor Ziva Branstetter.

It seeks the immediate release of documents and emails the World requested from Gov. Mary Fallin’s office and the Department of Public safety through multiple Open Records Act requests since May.

The records involve the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed on the gurney, mumbled and lifted his head during his 43-minute execution. The records include more than 3,000 pages of interview transcripts that were part of the state’s investigation.

 

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