Oklahoma Supreme Court rules video of Joe Mixon punching woman must be released
Mixon apologized to the woman in November, two years after the incident
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a video of Sooners running back Joe Mixon punching a woman in 2014, which has to this point been kept from public view by the city of Norman, must be released.
The video allegedly shows Mixon punching Amelia Molitor in the face outside of Pickelman's restaurant in Norman. Mixon accepted a plea deal that included a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of probation and counseling.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court overturned the District Court, which ruled that the video would remain sealed. A petition filed by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters to make the video public was seen by the court.
"The undisputed facts show that Association is entitled to judgment as a matter of law and entitled to a writ of mandamus," read the Supreme Court's conclusion. "Mixon was arrested and the surveillance video contains facts concerning the arrest. The video was ordered to be a part of the court record and preserved by the attorneys. The Defendants must allow Association a copy of the surveillance video. This Court need not address Defendants' other arguments as they are not properly before this Court.
"... The district court's judgment is reversed. On remand, the district court is ordered to enter judgment for Association consistent with this opinion and without delay."
The city of Norman will decide whether to appeal the decision and call for the Supreme Court to re-hear the case in the next 20 days.
"At a minimum, we will take some time to make that decision on whether to file," said Rick Knighton, assistant city attorney for Norman, according to Tulsa World. "Petitions for re-hearing are due 20 days from the date the opinion is filed. That was today, so we have until Dec. 26 to determine whether we'll file a petition for a re-hearing or not.
"If we did file, the court will have to consider that. They will deny it or agree to re-hear. That decision would probably come in January."
On Nov. 23, Mixon wrote a public letter of apology to Molitor -- two years after the assault.
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