Former Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz pleaded guilty on Friday to a misdemeanor charge of driving a county vehicle while accepting a $600 a month stipend for personal vehicle use, reports The Frontier. He pled no contest to a charge of failing to perform official duties for ordering a 2009 report withheld after the Eric Harris shooting by Reserve Deputy Robert Bates last year. In return for his plea, Glanz got a pair of one-year suspended sentences and an order to pay $7,500 to the district attorney for the cost of his prosecution.
The former sheriff’s conviction may be one of the few times, if not the only one, that a public official in Oklahoma has been convicted of withholding public records. The Open Records Act contains criminal penalties for willful violations but that portion of the law is rarely enforced. The Frontier is suing the current sheriff, Vic Regalado, for alleged violations of the same law after he refused to release video of a mentally ill inmate who suffered a broken neck in jail. Other records requested by The Frontier weeks ago — reports that the sheriff’s office’s medical contract monitor is supposed to complete — have also not been provided. The Open Records Act requires “prompt and reasonable response” to requests.