Journalist sues Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt over records

An Oklahoma-based journalist has sued Attorney General John O'Connor, at left, and Gov.  Kevin Stitt over delays to an open records request.

An Oklahoma-based journalist is suing the state’s governor and attorney general over delays to multiple open records requests, including some filed more than a year ago.

In preparation for a book on Indigenous rights, Rebeca Nagle requested copies of emails, letters, documents and calendars from the offices of Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General John O’Connor. The first request was made on Oct. 22, 2021. None have been fulfilled.

Stitt and O’Connor “have failed to provide prompt, reasonable access to records responsive to Nagle’s three requests,” states a lawsuit filed this month in Oklahoma County district court.

Stitt and O’Connor declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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“We believe that the government in this instance has long blown past their time to fairly respond,” said Kathryn Gardner, an attorney with the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, which is representing Nagle.