Samantha Vicent

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Samantha covers topics including marijuana in Oklahoma, Tulsa County District Court proceedings, law enforcement use of force and the Oklahoma prison system, including the death penalty. Phone: 918-581-8321

The strike is related to the "Fridays for Future" movement, led by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began protesting climate change outside the Swedish Parliament last year. Organizations involved in the event planned for Tulsa include The Green Country Sierra Club, The Carrie Dickerson Foundation, Tulsa Earth Coalition, All Souls Green Team, Tulsa Talks Climate and Tulsa Ready for 100.

Willard O'Neal was convicted in March 2004 of murder and received a life without parole sentence in the Dec. 23, 2001, shooting of Bruce Chamberlain, who owned the Trapeze Lounge at 3113 S. 101st East Avenue. He also had a sentence of life with the possibility of parole related to the shooting of Gildardo "Tonto" Rueda, an employee at the club who survived his injuries.

Patricia Spottedcrow was 25 when a Kingfisher County judge sentenced her for a first offense of distribution of $31 worth of cannabis to a police informant in December 2009 and January 2010. The Tulsa World included Spottedcrow's story in a 2011 project about women in Oklahoma prisons.

"Today, folks are profiting off of the marijuana industry and she is still suffering from that $31 sale almost a decade ago," said Nicole McAfee, Director of Advocacy for ACLU of Oklahoma, of Spottedcrow's arrest in Oklahoma City on Monday. "It's really disappointing and sad for the state of Oklahoma."

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Samantha Vicent

Just a side note for anyone who might not know: it's unconstitutional (and has been for more than a decade) to impose a death sentence against anyone who was under 18 at the time a crime occurred. There are also now strict criteria in Oklahoma for cases in which under-18s face the possibilit…

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We just did! That story is coming soon.

Samantha Vicent

Here are all the elements of rape 2 by instrumentation per Oklahoma's jury instructions:
www[dot]okcca[dot]net/online/oujis/oujisrvr[dot]jsp?o=250

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We have a video of the full press conference on this website.

Also, Oklahoma law does not require sexual intent as an element necessary to prove the offense alleged occurred.

Samantha Vicent

This is an initial appearance where they have the charges read to them and happens in just about every criminal case. It is called an arraignment in their online court record, as they are scheduled upon making that appearance for preliminary hearing.
From there, if that judge decides the…

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The hard drive in question had been marked as having potential evidentiary value and authorities involved in the case were working on retrieving data from it - now that it's been missing for so long, that's not really possible.

The brothers were avid computer users and that raises the …

Samantha Vicent

I see Summer answered your question. :)
Thanks for reading!

Samantha Vicent

The minimum sentence is 2 years. The judge has the entire range to consider and can also determine how much time he spends incarcerated vs. suspended (meaning out of custody.) A co-defendant has already entered a plea to an offer of eight years and will be sentenced Dec. 19.

Samantha Vicent

The project is also supposed to collect data to answer those questions :) but they've said before that data from the New York version of this shows almost everyone A) returns to court and B) stays out of police encounters. They've also said people there are way more likely to have their case…

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