Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol upheld

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt commented on the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Glossip v. Gross that upheld as constitutional Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.

“The state of Oklahoma is vested with the authority to carry out the sentence of death handed out by juries for the most heinous of crimes. State officials act deliberately and thoughtfully in carrying out this responsibility. This marks the eighth time a court has reviewed and upheld as constitutional the lethal injection protocol used by Oklahoma. The Court’s ruling preserves the ability of the Department of Corrections to proceed with carrying out the punishment of death. The state appreciates the justices’ thoughtful consideration of these important issues. I also want to thank Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick and the entire trial team at the Attorney General’s Office for their outstanding legal work in arguing and winning this case before the highest court in the land,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

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The Jay Leno Show – Hard Rock corruption?

JayLenoTickets went on sale Thursday at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa for an upcoming Jay Leno Show that is one of two shows mentioned in an email April 7, 2015 from Danny Finnerty Director of Entertainment at the Casino in which Howard Pollack was paid as a promoter for doing nothing.

As Tulsa Today covered in a previous story titled “Cherokee corruption revealed, oversight disinvited” Howard Pollack and his business partner’s wife are maximum contributors to Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s campaigns.

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Commission approves martyrdom for Fr. Rother

Father Stanley Rother - Photo provided

Father Stanley Rother – Photo provided

A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Cause to have Father Rother beatified, the final stage before canonization as a saint.

“Father Rother laid down his life for Christ and for the people of his parish in Guatemala, whom he dearly loved. It is very encouraging to move one step closer to a formal recognition by the Church of Father Rother’s heroic life and death as a martyr for the Gospel,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma officials react to healthcare ruling

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Updated with video: Attorney General Scott Pruitt was first to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case and other elected official quickly followed. However the most damning reaction can be found in Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent.

Pruitt said, “It’s disappointing the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s executive rewriting of the Affordable Care Act by ruling on the context of the statute rather than the plain language of the law. The court acknowledged that the challengers’ arguments were strong, but focused instead on the outcome of their opinion. There’s no doubt the rule of law took a hit today, but I won’t be deterred from continuing to fight for the rule of law and our founding principles.”

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Pierson lifts Shock to fifth straight

ShockWNBLThe astonishing rebirth of the Tulsa Shock continues.

Two big wins over the weekend have landed what once was the afterthought of the WNBA in first place in the Western Conference with a record of 6-1.

The Shock defeated the Washington Mystics 86-82 on Friday night and the Minnesota Lynx 86-78 on Sunday. They will return home this Friday night for a contest with the New York Liberty and will remain home for a 6pm game with the Seattle Storm on Sunday.

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