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Judge to rule in Oklahoma political bribery case next week

Oklahoma District County Judge Ray Elliott is reviewing evidence and a 700-page transcript before he rules whether prosecutors can add a conspiracy count in the bribery case against state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 29, 2011
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A judge plans to rule next Monday whether prosecutors can add a conspiracy count to their bribery case against state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich.

Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott said he must review evidence and finish reading a transcript of preliminary hearing testimony. The transcript is around 700 pages long.

Prosecutors appealed to Elliott after the preliminary hearing judge ruled Nov. 4 they could not add the conspiracy count.

Terrill, a Republican, is accused in a felony bribery count of offering Leftwich a bribe — an $80,000-a-year state job — to withdraw as a candidate for re-election last year.

Leftwich, a Democrat, is accused in a separate bribery count of soliciting and/or accepting the bribe.