NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters has the right to sue for access to the surveillance footage that shows Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman at a Norman restaurant.
That’s according to a ruling from the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
The OAB filed a lawsuit, because it thought Mixon was getting special treatment.
At the time, he was a star recruit.
All nine justices agreed the OAB has the right to sue for the tape.
Two justices felt the process to get it should start from the beginning.
“There are people on both sides of this. There are people who say 'Hey, it's over and done with.' There are other people who believe they are entitled to see any and everything,” said Nick Knighton, Norman City Attorney. “We think it's an unfortunate set of circumstances but, again, teenagers find themselves in those types of situations, and this is an effort to try to resolve those.”
The attorney for the OAB told us in an earlier statement “We feel strongly the tape was or is a record that the entire public, not just news media, the entire public, should be allowed to view.”
Wednesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the video should be available.
The OAB sees it as a victory.
But, the city of Norman said it’s something else.
“What this means is the court has really just maintained the status quo for the time being and is giving parties the opportunity to go back to the district court at some point and time and litigate the issue of whether the public interest outweighs the reason for this video for the police department denying access for the video,” he said.
The case will go back to Judge Thad Balkman, who ruled earlier that video would remain sealed, because it was not entered into evidence by either side during the civil suit.
That’s when several media outlets filed suit against the city for violation an open records request.
The ruling from the court Wednesday essentially starts the process over from the beginning.
Mixon has already been punished for this incident.
He accepted a one-year deferred sentence and agreed to complete 100 hours of community service.
The docket on his case has since been expunged.