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March 20, 2013

Oct. 21 bribery trial set for Terrill, Leftwich

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Prosecutors allege that Terrill offered Leftwich the job at the Medical Examiner’s Office so her open Senate seat might go to Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City. Christian campaigned for the Senate seat but pulled out of the race when the bribery investigation became public. He was not charged and was re-elected to his House seat.

An affidavit filed in the case says Terrill wrote a bill that would create the job of “transition coordinator” at the Medical Examiner’s Office for Leftwich and used a separate bill to divert $90,000 to the office from a fund at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry vetoed both measures after the bribery allegations surfaced.

Defense attorneys have said Terrill didn’t have the authority to promise Leftwich a job, and that Leftwich wasn’t technically a candidate for re-election because she never filed the required paperwork with the state Election Board. Terrill left the Legislature last year.

If convicted, the former lawmakers face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

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