OK Supreme Court Rules Governors Can Use Executive Privilege To Protect Advice

Dec 16, 2014

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The state's highest court says Oklahoma governors have a privilege to protect confidential advice from top officials while deliberating policy and making executive decisions.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court said in a ruling released Tuesday the governor has a unique executive privilege that can't be encroached by the Legislature.

The decision was handed down Tuesday in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma on behalf of the owners of a satirical website that pokes fun at Gov. Mary Fallin and other public officials.

The Lost Ogle website joined several news organizations, including The Associated Press, in a request for documents from the governor's office about some of her health care-related decisions.

The governor released tens of thousands of documents but withheld some that she claimed are protected.


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