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Oklahoma lawmaker testifies in corruption case that he believed state Sen. Debbe Leftwich was unqualified for created job

BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Published: November 3, 2011
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A state legislator testified Wednesday he urged the then-governor to veto a 2010 bill to reform the medical examiner's office after hearing rumors a state senator would get a newly created job there.

“I didn't agree with it,” said Rep. Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City.

McAffrey was the 15th and possibly final prosecution witness to testify at a preliminary hearing in a political bribery case.

He was asked to return Friday to finish his testimony in the felony case against state Rep. Randy Terrill, 42, of Moore, and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich, 60, of Oklahoma City.

Prosecutors allege Terrill, a Republican, offered Leftwich, a Democrat, a bribe — an $80,000-a-year medical examiner's job — to not run for re-election in 2010. Prosecutors allege he wanted her gone so one of his Republican friends could win her Senate seat.

Prosecutors allege Terrill had language added to the reform bill to create the job of a transition coordinator to oversee a planned relocation of the medical examiner's office.

Leftwich is accused of soliciting and/or accepting a bribe.

Both deny doing anything wrong. Their attorneys argue no crime was committed.

McAffrey testified Wednesday that he was supposed to be one of the legislators who reviewed the reform bill before it went to final votes in the House and Senate in May 2010. He said no one would get him a copy of the final version.

McAffrey, a funeral director, testified he later found out that the transition coordinator position had been added to the bill. He said he considered that a major change.

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