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Mon November 18, 2013

Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Board Trial Postponed

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Trial has been postponed for members of Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board who face misdemeanor charges of violating the state's Open Meeting Act.

The board's five members were scheduled to go to trial in Oklahoma County District Court on Monday. But the board's chairman, Marc Dreyer of Tulsa, said Friday that prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to postpone the trial. No new date has been set.

District Attorney David Prater alleges the board granted early parole to some ineligible state prison inmates and did not identify the inmates or the action they planned to consider on meeting agendas in advance.

All board members, including Dreyer; vice chairman David Moore of Edmond; Currie Ballard of Langston; Richard Dugger of Oklahoma City; and Lynnell Harkins, of Moore, have pleaded not guilty.

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