Oklahoma grand jury inquiry ends in deferred deal for Jim Bob Miller

SONYA COLBERG Published: September 4, 2009
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A multicounty grand jury misconduct investigation ended Thursday with Pittsburg County District Attorney Jim Bob Miller agreeing not to seek re-election.

Miller’s issue revolved around what he considered slanderous Internet messages about him.

A subpoena was issued that targeted 35 anonymous posters to a McAlester-based Web site. The subpoena sought the identities and Social Security numbers of the posters.

"There’s a real problem when you’re the victim issuing a subpoena in a criminal case,” Attorney General Drew Edmondson said. "That’s what gave rise to the complaint.”

Miller has been in office on and off since being appointed in 2002 by then-Gov. Frank Keating. He won his election in 2006; his term ends in early January 2011.

Miller said he has mixed emotions about not seeking re-election.

"It was a decision that I have considered for many months, but which was obviously helped along by the allegations from the attorney general’s office,” he said in a statement.

Miller entered a deferred prosecution agreement on the charge of "barratry,” meaning he brought groundless judicial proceedings.

The agreement also requires Miller to waive the statute of limitations for the alleged crime.

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