No trial delay for former Oklahoma state senator

Judge refuses to give former Oklahoma Sen. Debbe Leftwich a three-month delay
by Nolan Clay Modified: November 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm •  Published: November 14, 2013
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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.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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