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Press Releases and Articles

December 1, 2021

“Donnie Swindle, Terry Smith, James Alderson, and Amy Wright were brutally murdered at Mr. Swindle’s home in Del City on Memorial Day 2005. Gilbert Postelle chased down and killed two of the victims who were trying to leave the scene. He boasted about committing the murders. Postelle received a jury trial and, in 2008, received the sentence of death for the murders of James Alderson and Amy Wright. This was a just and appropriate sentence for the brutal murders of two innocent victims.

November 30, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - In a major victory for our healthcare heroes, a federal court granted the State of Oklahoma's request to stop the Biden Administration’s attempt to force COVID-19 vaccines on healthcare workers nationwide. 

“This is a major win for the medical freedom of Oklahoma’s healthcare heroes who have fearlessly braved the pandemic to keep the rest of us healthy,” said Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor.

November 30, 2021

"Brenda McElyea and Suzette Smith were working at the LaQuinta Inn in July 2001 when they were brutally murdered by Donald Grant. Today, Grant’s request for a recommendation of clemency was denied by the Pardon and Parole Board. Grant received a jury trial and, in 2006, received the sentence of death. This was a just and appropriate sentence for the brutal murders of two innocent women. This conviction and sentence was affirmed after years of thorough review by the appellate courts. I am grateful that the Board denied Grant’s request for executive clemency.

November 19, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor joined a nationwide investigation into Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook, for providing and promoting its social media platform – Instagram – to children and young adults despite knowing that such use is associated with physical and mental health harms. Attorneys General across the country are examining whether the company violated state consumer protection laws and put the public at risk.

November 17, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor announced today the State won its suit against the U.S. Department of Treasury over a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that prohibits states accepting ARPA funds from cutting taxes.

“This is a great victory for the State and for our new State Reserved Powers Protection initiative started by the Legislature, which fights federal overreach,” said General O’Connor.

November 16, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor and 11 other state attorneys general filed a new lawsuit asking a federal court to stop the Biden administration’s overreaching “job or jab” COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The mandate threatens to further burden the healthcare sector and patient well-being in Oklahoma, where a large percentage of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are already facing worker shortages.

November 16, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY -  The Oklahoma Attorney General has learned through news reports and numerous contacts from employees that Ascension has violated the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) granted on November 12, 2021 by the Tulsa County District Court.  Today, Attorney General O’Connor issued a cease and desist letter to Ascension demanding that Ascension: 1) immediately cease and desist its defiance of the Court’s TRO and allow the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office time to investigate the allegations of religious discrimination currently pending with the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement; 2)

November 15, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O'Connor today wrote the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of its efforts to reduce illegal robocallers’ access to legitimate phone numbers to make unending robocalls that scam people out of their hard-earned money. The comment letter to the FCC was led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.

November 12, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - In a move to protect Oklahoma’s faithful frontline healthcare heroes from religious discrimination, the State of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit today to block Ascension Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks, from carrying out its plan to fire employees who have been unfairly denied religious exemptions from Ascension’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

November 5, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor today partnered with six other attorneys general to file a petition before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit challenging the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for private sector employees. 

The coalition asks the court to review the emergency temporary standard issued by the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which requires the vaccination of tens of millions of citizens.

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