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City of Norman To Pay $60,000 To Settle Lawsuit Over Joe Mixon Tape

A screen grab of the 2014 surveillance video that sparked the legal battle between the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the City of Norman.

The Norman City Council has settled a lawsuit with the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) over its refusal to release a video of former University of Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon punching a female student in the face in 2014.



OAB’s lawsuit was originally dismissed by a lower court in 2015 before the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the group in 2016. The City of Norman will now pay OAB for attorney fees.


But Oklahoma State University professor Joey Senat says taxpayers will actually end up paying more than the $60,000 agreed to by the two parties.


“Norman is essentially selling that amount to a company who will then pay it off now and then the city will pay it back, the principal plus interest, over three years,” Senat said.

At a state mandated interest rate of 6.5 percent, the payment  will total over $71,000. Assistant city attorney Rick Knighton said the city has yet to contract with a third party.


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Caroline produced Capitol Insider and did general assignment reporting from 2018 to 2019. She joined KGOU after a stint at Marfa Public Radio, where she covered a wide range of local and regional issues in far west Texas. Previously, she reported on state politics for KTOO Public Media in Alaska and various outlets in Washington State.
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