Monday, May 9, 2011

OHP orders Nowata County sheriff not to release bail amount, mugshot of man arrested in connection with hit-and-run fatality

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol ordered the Nowata County sheriff not to release the bail amount or the mugshot of a man arrested and jailed in connection with a hit-and-run in which a pedestrian was killed, the Tulsa World reported early Monday evening.

The OHP's explanation for why such information should be kept secret and under what statute OHP has the authority to issue such an order were not explained in the story.

The Tulsa World said only that Nowata County Sheriff’s Sgt. Donald Lynn declined to release the bail amount or a mugshot of Roy Dale Cheatham, 46, of Delaware, Okla., upon orders of the OHP local division.

NewsOn6 and KTUL each used a previous mug shot of Cheatham in their stories posted online.

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications

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