Humphrey Refutes DA's Comments on Open Records Request

Mar 20, 2024
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, today issued a rebuttal to comments made by Jason Hicks, the district attorney of Caddo, Grady, Jefferson and Stephens counties.

Hicks publicly released texts and emails March 14 after a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Humphrey and Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, over the records. In the communications, Hicks and other district attorneys were critical of both lawmakers.

"We brought this lawsuit to promote transparency in government," Humphrey said. "Jason Hicks took 10 months to provide open records only after a lawsuit was filed, which is unacceptable. Citizens shouldn't have to sue for access to public records. Hicks continues to withhold information by redacting the records he produced.

"These records show that some district attorneys are more interested in protecting their own than acknowledging how problems in the Glossip investigation undermined the integrity of his death sentence. The public deserves to know if district attorneys illegally opposed Oklahoma’s chief law enforcement officer in the Richard Glossip case. We will continue our pursuit for transparency. District attorneys are officials who wield enormous power in our justice system, and they should be held to the highest standards."

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