Fallin critical of Parole Board members' charges

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 1:04 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says it was unnecessary to file criminal charges against members of the state Pardon and Parole Board.

Fallin said Wednesday that it could discourage public service if people are "constantly in fear of being charged with a crime"

District Attorney David Prater is accusing the five-member board of breaking the state's open meeting law and conducting a secret parole docket.

Fallin says it is hard to imagine people being willing to serve on boards and commissions if they are making a good-faith effort to follow the law but still risk being charged criminally.

The governor says she has appointed about 900 people to agencies, boards and commissions and that she anticipates appointing hundreds more.

She notes that many of the positions are unpaid.

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