The Innocence Project and the Oklahoma Innocence Project praised Governor J. Kevin Stitt for signing bipartisan legislation to protect against the leading causes of wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 798 requires the use of evidence-based practices that prevent eyewitness misidentification, and Senate Bill 636 requires law enforcement to record suspect interrogations for murder and rape cases, a key protection against false confessions.
In Oklahoma, 11 wrongful convictions involved eyewitness misidentification and five involved false confessions since 1989, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. These cases cost taxpayers nearly $42 million in state compensation and civil payments.
Representatives Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack), Max Abramson (R-Seabrook), Walter Stapleton (R-Claremont), and Kurt Wuelper (R-Strafford) spoke in favor of repeal. Rep. Abramson warned his colleagues about the constitutional defects of the law in light of the McCullen decision. Rep. Notter echoed that concern, saying, “The day the buffer zone is actually posted, I guarantee that litigation will ensue, costing us millions.”
Rep. MAX ABRAMSON
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