OKLAHOMA CITY —
Defense attorneys have said Terrill did not 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.
Defense attorneys have also said the actions of Terrill and Leftwich were constitutionally protected because they were acting in their official capacity as legislators.
Defense attorneys have repeatedly asked state appellate courts to block the prosecution, claiming that it will disrupt the balance of power in state government and unconstitutionally allow prosecutors to question lawmakers about their activities.
Prosecutors claim many conversations involving the alleged plot occurred outside the lawmakers’ official duties.