Oklahoma Governor Seeks Expungement of Critical Jury Report | Government

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge should expunge part of a state grand jury report that strongly criticizes Gov. Kevin Stitt, according to a motion filed by Stitt.

The portion of the May 13 report calling Stitt’s meetings with his state Pardon and Parole Board appointees before they took office as ‘grossly inappropriate’ is not authorized under any law of the state that limits grand juries to only issuing indictments, according to the motion filed Wednesday.

The report says Stitt and the appointees discussed upcoming votes and the firing of the agency director, violating the spirit of Oklahoma’s open meeting law.

The motion called Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who asked the grand jury, “overzealous.”

Prater, who is not seeking re-election, said in a statement Thursday that the grand jury report was based on its investigation into the parole board.

“The grand jurors have delivered their report to the presiding judge,” Prater wrote. “The judge reviewed the report and found it appropriate to file it.”

The law cited by Stitt’s motion states that a grand jury may report “the condition and operation” of public offices, but not allege “willful misconduct or mischief” by a public officer.

Stitt also requests a copy of the grand jury transcripts.

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