John Adair of Edmond and 46 other independent Oklahoma voters, "concerned that the initiative and referendum process in Oklahoma is being threatened," sent a letter this month to Gov. Brad Henry arguing that Drew Edmondson's persecution of Paul Jacob and other initiative leaders "is a blow to the democratic rights of Oklahoma citizens."
"It serves only to frighten and intimidate voters from exercising their constitutional rights to participate in the initiative process," they wrote. "We urge you to call on the attorney general to drop this indictment and to defend our right to initiative and petition."
Meanwhile, just in time for the Martin Luther King holiday, Mr. Jacob can't help but recall King's famous letter from the Birmingham jail.