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Oklahoma governor looked into case as favor to sister-in-law


April 21, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin asked a member of her legal staff to look into the manslaughter case of a former Tulsa reserve deputy as a favor for her sister-in-law, newly released emails reveal.

The governor's office released 14 pages of emails this week showing Fallin's discourse with sister-in-law Jane Vanfossen — a friend of the jailed officer Robert Bates' daughter — and Jennifer Chance, her then-deputy general counsel, over the case, the Tulsa World ( ) reported.

The emails indicate Vanfossen had forwarded a plea of concern from Bate's daugh...

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