The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office under former AG John O'Conner Bar # 6741 exercised dominion and control over boxes 1-7 of evidence and discovery in the Richard Glossip Case between August of 2022 and January of 2023.
"Box 8" was created by the Attorney General’s Office at the direction of John O’Connor. "Box 8" contained 2200 previously withheld documents removed from boxes 1‐7 of the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, over which the AG’s Office was asserting work product and other privileges.
The withheld information in "Box 8" relates to evidence presented at the guilt phase of Richard Glossip’s 2004 retrial. The jury did not receive all of the information available at the time due to the State withholding evidence.
The U.S. Supreme Court has observed in Berger v. United States, that in circumstances where the evidence of guilt is not “overwhelming” the “prejudice to the cause of the accused is so highly probable that we are not justified in assuming its nonexistence.” Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78, 89 (U.S. Supreme Court, 1935).
While a petition in the Glossip case was pending before a court of law (the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals) alleging Brady violations, the State, under former AG O’Connor, was withholding other Brady evidence in "Box 8", thereby adversely impacting the defense’s post‐conviction relief efforts.
In 2022, the State opposed the Defense’s motion for discovery of "Box 8", including a request for a privilege log or a special master to review "Box 8" and instead represented there was no Brady material.
An Email dated September 15, 2022 from Assistant Attorney General Joshua L. Lockett, cc'ing former AG O’Connor, Jennifer Miller, and Jennifer Crabb concluded: "no such evidence was excluded."
In February of 2023, newly elected Attorney General Drummond, granted the defense access to "Box 8" where it was discovered that the box contained multiple Brady and Napue violations as well as violations.
More State Officials connected to the Glossip case, See Also: Scott Pruitt, Joshua L. Lockett, Jennifer Crabb, Jennifer Miller, Hon. Robert Hudson, Robert H. Macy, Wes Lane, Fern L. Smith, Connie Smothermon, Gary Ackley, David Prater, Patricia "Pattye" High