Travis Brauer was a key member of Governor Mary Fallin's staff for budget negotiations with the legislature. Last May, Travis Brauer was accused of making an 'up-skirt video' of a female while that woman was advocating at the state capitol budget committee meeting. A court date of Dec. 20th has been set.
The case has been twice ordered to further pretrial conference. That often means that substantive negotiations are happening between the prosecution and the defense. Brauer's legal council has used the discovery privileges to study the evidence which the prosecution claims to have.
The reason for the charges being obstruction-related instead of the actual allegation of creating the video, is that Brauer claims he no longer has the evidence. We wrote an article last summer about how he claims to have dropped the phone in the lake just a couple days before he had promised to surrender it to investigators at the capitol.
Then Brauer claimed that he had a backup of the phone's data, on his laptop computer. Well, that backup showed more than Brauer might have wanted. It references some deletions made on the phone during the days leading up to the disappearance of the mobile device.
The case is assigned to Judge Bill Graves. Graves is known to the paleo-conservatives of the Sooner State for all he did to advocate for conservatism when he was a legislator in the 1980s & 90s.
Bill also won a key court battle to combat obscenity when he took on the major cable tv provider in OKC. The win forced the cable company to strictly filter prurient nudity unless that subscriber specifically ordered the channel. Children were previously able to observe nudity which regularly got past the crude & unreliable filters which cable tv providers were using.
The point here is that Graves is not predisposed to turn a blind eye regarding sexual exploitation without explicit consent.
Unlike the governor's disposition when other executive branch figures got in trouble, Fallin gave a full condemnation of the alleged behavior in a press statement.
This is not how she responded when Preston Doerflinger repeatedly was charged with drunkenness or when Terri White spent a night in jail for assault. In those cases Fallin quickly went to the press with laudatory statements for the indicted state leaders.