FOX23 story leads to punishment, changes at jail


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Updated: 1/28/2013 9:00 am Published: 1/25/2013 7:45 pm


After a FOX23 story about a picture posted on Facebook showing Amber Hilberling, who is accused of killing her husband after police say she pushed him out of University Club Tower in 2011 while pregnant, kissing her 13-month-old son during a prearranged special visit aired on Tuesday, Jail officials say Hilberling's mom won't be able to visit her daughter at the facility for 90 days.

“When you have a news media come in and they tell you have something going on wrong, inside your own house, it's pretty embarrassing,” Major Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office told FOX23 Friday.

Major Clark says this incident won't just affect the family of Amber Hilberling, now everyone who comes to see someone at the jail will be checked through to make sure they're not carrying any phones or electronic devices.

“We're going to do our due diligence to make sure we're maintaining the safest environment we possibly can,” he said.

They also say while Hilberling is an inmate here, her son likely won’t be able to visit.

“I don't think there will be any more special visits granted for this particular situation.”

FOX23 talked with Amber Hilberling's attorney on Tuesday. Jasen Corns said, “The notion this story is newsworthy is ridiculous.” When Major Clark heard that what made it newsworthy is that Hilberling’s mother posted the picture to Facebook.

As a result of our story, the jail is also working on a new set of rules to be enforced when a special visit is granted for a child younger than 14 years-old.

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truthBtold - 1/29/2013 10:28 PM
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Stop it stop it her mom probably smuggled the phone in one of body cavities, lets not forget she is a cold blooded killer she doesn't deserve any right when it comes to indulging in any act of freedom, including visitation with her son. The obviously a threat to society lock her up and throw away the key.

Unwashed Mass - 1/26/2013 7:56 PM
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When a cell phone is smuggled into prison or jail, it's almost always jail staff doing it for money, but their unions shield them from any meaningful punishment.

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2013 7:40 AM
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When they say punishment that should be a double bladed sword. Whoever it was that let this person pull the wool over their eyes should be reprimanded. Punish them with instructing the staff on the proper procedure for admitting a visitor.

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2013 7:32 AM
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Get the chaplain to take the picture for you. As for keepin the plow in the ditch :-) this photo thing isnt gonna snap the harness. It'll just make the mule stronger.

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2013 3:18 AM
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Dirty Sermon :-) doubt if the judge is going to rule against the jail to get you into visitation. Especially after a rule violation.

Unwashed Mass - 1/26/2013 12:49 AM
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Jail "policy" is not law, and only a judge can decide who gets what visitors in jail. The sheriff's department is just playing hardball because the jail staff's incompetence was publicly outed. Now we will see if the county (i.e. taxpayers) gets sued.

lillme - 1/26/2013 12:08 AM
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i understand no phone but i fill its really wrong keeping her and her son from seeing each other it hurts the baby is that justest to u
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