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Does investigative tool cloaked in secrecy give prosecutors too much power?


December 1, 2019

Whitney Bryen/Oklahoma Watch

Left: Mike Cantrell, Ada oilman Right: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater is shown here at a meeting of the District Attorneys Council in May 2019.

In the multicounty grand jury system, Oklahoma prosecutors have a powerful tool to investigate allegations of crimes and public corruption across counties.

But their power is not unlimited. A presiding judge is needed to approve subpoenas, and case law from several court rulings over the years places a check on prosecutorial conduct.

Now the multicounty grand jury is back in the spotlight, with attorneys from separate court cases alleging that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater misused the grand jury process.

A former investigator for Prater alleges he obtained subpoenas through...

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