The state's next general election will have quite a few State Questions on the lengthy ballot. Several of the likely matters involve revisiting the Keating years and the decisions we are now paying dearly for. Oklahoma has a policy of giving up on folks deemed habitually defiant of our laws. A gardener who grows his own Cannabis for private consumption will likely spend a life sentence once his 3rd offense is process. Others might trip the mandated life sentence for something as simple as shoplifting.
Oklahoma's law enforcement has a culture of selectively going after the poor. Some laws are not enforced in the wealthy parts of town, but strictly enforced in poor neighborhoods only because prosecutors think the latter scenario is far more dangerous and 'full of crime'. Never mind that a recent senate leader just confessed to embezzling well over a million dollars over a span of more than a decade, but will only be incarcerated about a year.
Now we have 2 state questions that the people have pushed through the initiative petition process. The Legislature might be sufficiently 'owned' by lobbyists tied to the police state, but some are trying to give voters a way to go around the legislature. The problem is that the Attorney General has the power to twist our perceptions of the proposals.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court just announced a scathing rebuke of Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The Tulsa World reports:
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewritten ballot titles for two state questions are “misleading and partial.”
In its ruling, the state’s high court rewrote the ballot titles, which give a description of the criminal justice reform measures appearing on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot.
Supporters of State Questions 780 and 781 challenged Pruitt’s revisions before the Supreme Court.
“We find the rewritten ballot titles to be misleading and partial,” the court opinion states. “However, we conclude neither of the parties’ proposed ballot titles sufficiently describe the measures involved.”
Will Gattenby, a Pruitt spokesman said; “The Attorney General’s Office is disappointed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision and we believe the substitute ballot title does not adequately explain the effects of the measure,”.
The measures were championed by former House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, and Rep. George Young, D-Oklahoma City. Steele and Young were among those filing a challenge to Pruitt’s rewritten ballot title.
“I truly believe the process has worked the way it is intended to work,” Steele said. “I commend the Supreme Court for doing their job with dispatch. I think that the Supreme Court’s description of the reforms contained in State Question 780 and State Question 781 are accurate. The reforms that the voters will be asked to consider in November will be easy to understand based on the Supreme Court’s decision.”
Read more at the Tulsa World
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