A judge refused Wednesday to postpone former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich's bribery trial.
Her jury trial is set to begin Dec. 9. Her attorney asked for a three-month delay because of the intense publicity surrounding the conviction of her co-defendant, former state Rep. Randy Terrill.
“There is no chance Debbe can receive a fair trial in December,” the attorney, Robert McCampbell, said.
Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong disagreed. She said 12 jurors can be found among the 700,000 residents of Oklahoma County.
The judge pointed out that there had been publicity before Terrill's trial, too, but the first 22 people considered for his jury had never heard of him.
Jurors Oct. 29 found Terrill guilty of a felony — offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw.
The jury in that trial agreed Terrill, a Republican, offered Leftwich, a Democrat, an $80,000-a-year state job at the medical examiner's office in 2010. Prosecutors alleged Terrill bribed her to induce her not to run for re-election to her Senate seat that year.