Judge Orders Release of Joe Mixon Video


In 2014, incoming University of Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon found himself facing criminal charges after punching a female student in a Norman restaurant. Reports say the woman had been harassing and insulting Mixon, when he landed a single punch to her face, causing her to fall and hit a table and the ground, fracturing her cheekbone and jaw. 

Because the altercation was apparently started by the woman, Anita Molitor, who admitted to slapping Mixon before he hit her, Mixon was not charged with assault and battery, but rather "acts resulting in gross injury," a misdemeanor. Mixon entered an Alford plea, in which he admitted that there is enough evidence to convict, but does not admit guilt. He was given a deferred sentence and served one year of probation.

Since then, Mixon has returned to playing for the Sooners and enjoyed success in his collegiate football career. Meanwhile, former Florida State University quarterback De'Andre Johnson was kicked off the team after punching a woman at a bar. Many people say the difference in the outcome for the two football players is the fact that the Mixon video was not released, while the Johnson video was made public.

Now, despite the fact that neither Mixon nor Molitor wants the restaurant's surveillance video of the incident released, Mixon's luck may have run out. 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Tuesday that the restaurant's video was a public record, and that it must be released to the public. The ruling sides with the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, which sued Norman police, the city of Norman and the Cleveland County district attorney for a copy of the video. Norman police had previously said that the video was the restaurant's private property, and since the incident did not lead to an arrest (Mixon turned himself in to police), then it was not a public record. The court ruled that it is a public record because of the subsequent charge and plea.

However, the court's ruling does not mean the tape will be released right away. Defendants have 20 days from the ruling to request a rehearing. If they do not do so, the tape will likely be made public after Christmas. 


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