The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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March 13, 2013

Fallin critical of Parole Board members' charges

OKLAHOMA CITY — 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"

Oklahoma County 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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