Reynolds seeks investigation of court website
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Published: 15-Jul-2009

From CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Oklahoma citizens now have to pay for public information that would allow them to know vital information about criminals that have been convicted in the District Court system, said state Rep. Mike Reynolds.

“As lawmakers we preach every year how we are making government more transparent to the public. I have learned that just this past week a new method to fleece the taxpayers has been implemented after being approved by many of the county court clerks in Oklahoma,” continued Reynolds, an Oklahoma City Republlican.

This all started when Reynolds was researching the David Earls case. He was shocked to find out that those public records regarding Earls weren’t available without paying a fee to view them. Earls is the man who was sentenced to one year for raping and sodomizing a 4 year old girl, making national headlines.

Kellpro, a company out of Duncan, Oklahoma, hosts a website (www.odcr.com) that maintains public court records for 61 Oklahoma counties. Research shows that Kellpro will be paid $1.3 million in taxpayer dollars this year for their work regarding this system.

Kellpro was “authorized” to charge the public to view these records by “the Kellpro Users Group”, a group apparently made up primarily of elected county officials. The records, potentially worth millions of dollars, were apparently given at no cost.

“I was also told that hundreds of thousands of dollars would be credited to the counties if Kellpro receives the revenues they expect to from this sweetheart deal,” Reynolds stated.

“This may explain why these counties have refused to participate in the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network website (www.oscn.net), which provides free court records for the large Oklahoma counties that are not Kellpro clients.”

“I have requested that Representative John Wright, Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee ask House Speaker Chris Benge to call a special meeting so an investigation can take place.” 

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