Bipartisan commission formed to review Oklahoma's death penalty process
A bipartisan group has formed to review Oklahoma's death penalty process.
The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission will perform a review of the state's entire capital punishment system. The group is co-chaired by the following:
- Brad Henry, former Oklahoma governor
- Reta Strubhar, former Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and Assistant District Attorney of Canadian County
- Andy Lester, former US Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma and Spencer Fane law firm member
"Our goal is to provide a resource for Oklahomans to allow them to make informed judgments about our state's capital punishment system that, we hope, will benefit both Oklahoma and the country as a whole," Henry said.
The co-chairs are joined by the following on the commission:
- Robert H. Alexander Jr.
- Howard Barnett
- Andrew Coats
- Valerie Couch
- Maria Kolar
- Christy Sheppard
- Kris Steele
- Gena Timberman
The commission is set to independently determine its findings and recommendations. The group will have a full report made public in 2017.
The Constitution Project will provide staffing and logistical support for the commission.