OKLAHOMA CITY —
WESSELHOFT said the criminal prosecutions are part of a wider discussion among House Republicans about the increasing role of courts in state government.
“We think the courts are a little out of control,” Wesselhoft said. “They’ve kind of become a ‘Super Legislature.”’
In June, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down civil justice reform legislation adopted in 2009 that was a priority for Republican legislative leaders.
The high court said the law was unconstitutional because it contained multiple subjects in violation of the state Constitution’s rule that requires legislation to cover just one subject. The Legislature approved a series of individual bills that reinstated the civil justice law during a special session in September.
In August, an Oklahoma County judge blocked a new state law that would make it harder for women to obtain the morning-after pill, one of a number of anti-abortion related measures approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature that have been struck down as unconstitutional in recent years.
Also in August, a federal judge prohibited Oklahoma officials from certifying the results of a 2010 statewide election that approved a constitutional amendment to prohibit state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases. State Question 755 was passed with 70 percent of the votes in a statewide election.