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September 10, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O'Connor today released the following statement after President Joe Biden announced new, imposing vaccine rules on health care workers, private companies and federal workers.

September 3, 2021

More McGirt-related cases moving forward at Supreme Court to overturn or limit the 2020 ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General John O’Connor today announced the state will dismiss its appeal in the case against Shaun Michael Bosse after securing a major victory in the state’s case against him earlier this week.

In addition to other McGirt-related cases already pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Attorney General O’Connor plans to file more cases to either overturn or limit the McGirt decision in the coming weeks.

August 12, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General John O’Connor and Governor Kevin Stitt today released the following statements following the unanimous ruling by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that the McGirt case does not apply to convictions retroactively.

Attorney General O’Connor

August 10, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fight back against illegal robocalls and caller ID spoofing by moving up the deadline for telephone companies to implement caller ID technology.

The current deadline for compliance for some companies isn’t until June 2023.

Attorney general O’Connor said the deadline is too far away.

August 6, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General John O’Connor today filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to overturn the 2020 McGirt ruling that held the state does not have jurisdiction to prosecute major crimes committed by Native Americans in a large portion of eastern Oklahoma, including the City of Tulsa.  

July 29, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – In his first major official act, Attorney General John O’Connor today filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that for decades has wrongly barred states from prohibiting the killing of unborn children.

July 19, 2021

Biden administration relies on erroneous expansion of McGirt decision

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt, working with the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General, filed a lawsuit against the Department of Interior, Secretary Deb Halaand and other Biden administration officials for unlawfully attempting to strip Oklahoma of its jurisdiction to regulate surface coal mining and reclamation operations.

June 23, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered a victory for property owners when it reversed a lower court’s decision regarding a California labor regulation on farmers.

The ruling said the regulation that allowed union organizers to come onto private farms without permission in order to recruit agricultural workers violated the constitutional rights of the farm owners when California refused to compensate the property owners for the entry. The regulation allowed union organizers to enter the private property for up to three hours a day, 120 days a year.

June 16, 2021

LAKE CHARLES, LA – A federal judge in Louisiana has sided with a group of states, including Oklahoma, who have challenged President Joe Biden’s attempt to disrupt America’s energy industry through an executive order.

Judge Terry Doughty has issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the Biden administration’s effort to halt the sale of new oil and gas leases on federal land and offshore wells.

June 14, 2021

VINITA, OKLA. – The owner of a long-term care facility has been charged with 17 counts of exploiting residents, who were elderly or physically or mentally unable to handle their finances.

Randy Joe McKinney, 61, is alleged to have stolen over $62,000 from at least 17 residents while he owned Golden Life Residential Care Facility in Bluejacket, Okla., around 16 miles northeast of Vinita.

The victims were all elderly and/or unable to manage their finances due to disability or mental health disorders.