Claremore Daily Progress

December 12, 2013

Corruption accusations remain in limbo

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter


The multi-county grand jury considering accusations of corruption by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until mid-January, saying it needed more time to complete its investigation.
Jurors met for three days in Oklahoma City, hearing testimony from witnesses and reviewing numerous exhibits. It was not known who appeared at the closed-door inquiry. The jury is scheduled to meet again Jan. 21-23.
“The time allotted this session did not permit the grand jury to complete its investigation of the matters heard,” said Diane Clay, a spokeswoman for the grand jury.
The 12 multi-county grand jury members are selected from throughout the state. Their hearings are not open to the public and their deliberations are also conducted in secret.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the multi-county grand jury review after a state judge rejected a citizens petition calling for a local grand jury investigation of District Attorney Janice Steidley, her top assistants and two county commissioners. 
Pruitt also asked the grand jury to investigate Steidley’s contention that her office was the target of a political agenda by local law enforcement officials.