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

SONYA COLBERG Published: September 4, 2009
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. has disabled the comments for this article.