OKLAHOMA CITY – Criminal charges were filed against Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole board Wednesday.
The board is accused of repeatedly violating the state’s Open Meeting Act.
Late Wednesday, Oklahoma County district attorney David Prater filed 10 misdemeanor charges against all five board members.
The move comes after the board unanimously rejected an ultimatum from the DA to resign or face criminal charges.
Last August, Prater sent a letter to the board accusing them of repeatedly violating the Open Meeting Act, allegedly placing 51 inmates on a so-called “secret hearings” list that didn’t appear on any public agenda.
Despite facing the threat of criminal charges, all five board members refused to resign and denied breaking the law.
In a statement Prater wrote, “Public safety is the core function of our government. As alleged, the board was making crucial public safety decisions without giving the citizens of Oklahoma an opportunity to scrutinize its activity.”
Board members once again denied they did anything wrong but wouldn’t comment until they’d personally seen the charges.
Those charges could result in a $500 and a year in jail.