Sources tell SoonerPolitics that a citizens' grand jury petition has been filed, today; at the Oklahoma County Courthouse, in OKC.
The petition focuses on 3 unresolved matters of suspected corruption by state officials.
Mayor Brian Hobbs was shocked to find out many state officials have not been properly investigated, much less indicted, on some serious official misconduct complaints.
But what outraged him even more is that his Kay County citizenship bars him from taking the matter to the citizens and impaneling a grand jury to do the job that the District Attorney seems unwilling to do.
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"It's like we're in a twisted "Hunger Games" society, where only citizens of the Capitol have rights to hold the govt. accountable!" said Hobbs.
We talked with Senator Nathan Dahm about this discrepancy of citizen rights. He concurred that the issue needs to be addressed. There may be state corruption which benefits Oklahoma County, to the degree that OKC citizens may be swayed from addressing the underlying corruption.
So Hobbs decided to reach out to the founder of the Sooner Tea Party. Fortunately for Hobbs Al Gerhart was willing to step up to file the petition as a qualified voter in Oklahoma County. "We're always ready to call out govt. corruption, regardless of the political party." Gerhart said. "Bad govt. eventually brings down all of society. It's better for a political party when they police their own. The Walters administration of the early 90s was very corrupt, and eventually, the people of the state decided to give the Republicans a chance to run the state. That can easily change back, if the GOP won't clean up themselves."
Gerhart confirmed that the petition is in the hands of the Oklahoma County Court Clerk & assigned to Judge Henderson for certification. When that gets done, the number of required signature will be set. Gerhart expects the number needed to be around 5000 or less. His grassroots coalition will have 45 days to get those signatures.
To sign the petition, an Oklahoma resident must be a registered voter in Oklahoma County. The group has a website posted for those interested in participating. It's www.GrandJuryJustice.com. The coalition is working to have several shops & offices around the OKC area to host signature gathering. The hundreds of dispensaries in OKC metro are likely to be among them, given that the bribery plot would have prevented them from ever opening.
The petition will be viewable on the OSCN.net servers when the clerk completes the filing details.