2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 12. Civil Procedure
§12-2510. Identity of informer.

12 OK Stat § 12-2510 (2015) What's This?

A. The United States, state or subdivision thereof has a privilege to refuse to disclose the identity of a person who has furnished information relating to or assisting in an investigation of a possible violation of a law to a law enforcement officer or member of a legislative committee or its staff conducting the investigation.

B. The privilege under this section may be claimed by an appropriate representative of the public entity to which the information was furnished.

C. The following shall be exceptions to the privilege granted in this section:

1. No privilege exists if the identity of the informer or the informer’s interest in the subject matter of the informer’s communication has been disclosed to those who would have cause to resent the communication by a holder of the privilege or by the informer's own action, or if the informer appears as a witness for the government.

2. If the informant is also a material witness to the criminal conduct with which the defendant is charged, or was a participant in said criminal conduct conjointly with the defendant, or is shown to be able to give testimony relevant to a material issue in the case.

3. If information from an informer is relied upon to establish the legality of the means by which evidence was obtained and the court or the defendant is not satisfied that the information was received from an informer reasonably believed to be reliable or credible, the court or defendant may require the identity of the informer to be disclosed. The court shall, on request of the government, direct that the disclosure be made in chambers. All counsel and parties concerned with the issue of legality shall be permitted to be present at every stage of a proceeding under this subsection except a disclosure in chambers if the court determines that no counsel or party shall be permitted to be present. If disclosure of the identity of the informer is made in chambers, the record thereof shall be sealed and preserved to be made available to the appellate court in the event of an appeal, and the contents shall not otherwise be revealed without consent of the government.

Added by Laws 1978, c. 285, § 510, eff. Oct. 1, 1978. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 468, § 40, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.

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