Bribery case against Oklahoma ex-legislators to move forward
The bribery case against former Oklahoma state Rep. Randy Terrill and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich will move forward toward a jury trial. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday ruled prosecutors cannot add a conspiracy count to the case.
The bribery case against two former legislators can advance to trial now that an appeals court has resolved a legal issue that had the case on hold, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
“We're ready,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.
Former state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich were charged in 2010 with bribery.
Prosecutors later sought to add a conspiracy count to the felony case but two judges rejected that request. Prosecutors then took their request to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
The appeals court on Wednesday, in a 4-1 decision, also ruled against prosecutors.
“The decision of the court below was right. There is no evidence sufficient to support the last-minute proposed addition of this conspiracy charge,” the appeals court said.
Defense attorneys said the two former legislators will be vindicated.
“We are appreciative of the court's ruling that there was not sufficient evidence to support the conspiracy charge. We will look forward to going to district court where proceedings will show there is not sufficient evidence on the other charges as well,” said Leftwich's attorney, Robert McCampbell.
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