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.