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Oklahoma top court strikes down abortion bans

JURIST

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Wednesday struck down two abortion bans as unconstitutional, but abortion remains illegal in the state. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt condemned the court’s decision: I again wholeheartedly disagree with the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s use of activism to create a right to an abortion in Oklahoma.

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Muscogee Creek Nation files lawsuit against Oklahoma city for breaches of tribal sovereignty in traffic enforcement

JURIST

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation filed a complaint in US federal court Wednesday against the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, accusing the city of violating tribal sovereignty by writing tickets to tribal members for traffic violations committed within reservation boundaries.

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Oklahoma school board approves nation’s first religious charter school

JURIST

The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted on Monday to accept the application for the establishment of the Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School. Currently, Oklahoma has six charter schools that operate to provide online full-time public education to varying grade levels.

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Oklahoma AG requests more time between upcoming executions

JURIST

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond has filed a motion seeking more time between seven upcoming executions to ease the burden on the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) and allow more time to prepare for executions. Public support for the death penalty in Oklahoma remains high.

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“Supreme Court to Reconsider Execution Oklahoma No Longer Backs; Oklahoma inmate has had nine execution dates set; State no longer stands behind conviction”

HowAppealing

“Supreme Court to Reconsider Execution Oklahoma No Longer Backs; Oklahoma inmate has had nine execution dates set; State no longer stands behind conviction”: Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson of Bloomberg Law has this report.

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Oklahoma Senate approves a near-total abortion ban

JURIST

Oklahoma lawmakers Thursday gave final approval on an abortion bill allowing private citizens to bring civil action against abortion providers. Since Oklahoma Senate passed “Heartbeat Act,” the bill now heads to the governor’s desk for approval. Oklahoma passed a near-total abortion ban earlier this month.

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Justices take up bid to overturn Oklahoma death sentence

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Share Eight years after the Supreme Court blocked his execution so that it could consider a challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal-injection protocol, the justices agreed on Monday to take up the case of Richard Glossip , who is seeking to set aside his conviction and death sentence. The justices are now in their four-week winter recess.

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