Thursday, January 6, 2011

Supreme Court Nixes Jolley's Request

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 6-1 decision, today refused to grant Senator Clark Jolley’s request to stop the proceeding of an appointment of a Supreme Court Justice to replace deceased Justice Marian Opala.

The ruling clears the way for Governor Brad Henry to make an appointment to the Court in his final few days in office.

Jolley had sought the Court’s assistance in slowing down the nominating process, which Jolley and others said has been rushed for political purposes instead of being properly done under the newly reconstituted Judicial Nominating Commission as approved overwhelmingly by voters in November.

“I’m disappointed the court denied my request for a stay, but it is not a surprise,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “I am hopeful that the court will see the merits of our arguments in the case and remedy this flawed process in their final decision. The will of the people is too important to dismiss so easily.”

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