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February 22, 2013

2 former ex-lawmakers face trial for bribery

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

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.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Leftwich had raised and spent campaign funds in the months and years prior to the 2010 election and announced her withdrawal from the race only after a bill creating the job at the medical examiner’s office was passed at the end of the 2010 legislative session.

Defense attorneys have said the actions of Terrill and Leftwich were constitutionally protected because they were acting in their official capacity as legislators. But prosecutors claim many conversations involving the alleged plot occurred outside the lawmakers’ official duties.

Terrill and Leftwich deny the bribery allegations. Bribery is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

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