Criminal charges are being dropped against the five members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, the Oklahoman reports. They were accused of misdemeanors last March for illegally voting on inmates’ requests for early release without proper public notice. The charges are being dismissed because all five signed a one-page statement acknowledging that a long-standing procedure on such requests appears to have been in violation of the Open Meeting Act.
“The board was acting in good faith at the time, and believed that our actions were in accordance with the law,” the statement reads. “In retrospect, the procedure did not adequately promote the goal of insuring public notice before any action was taken by the board. The procedure at issue had been in effect for 22 years.