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Sooner Tea Party co-founder wins in court

Oklahoma County prosecutors withdrew “suggestion” that he had violated grand jury judge's secrecy order.
by Nolan Clay Published: May 1, 2013
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/articleid/3805028/1/pictures/2040681">Photo - Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart, center, smiles Tuesday as he leaves an Oklahoma County courtroom after prosecutors drop a contempt of court accusation against him.
At left is his attorney, Mark Wilson. At right is Assistant Attorney General George Burnett. <strong>JIm Beckel - The Oklahoman</strong>
Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart, center, smiles Tuesday as he leaves an Oklahoma County courtroom after prosecutors drop a contempt of court accusation against him. At left is his attorney, Mark Wilson. At right is Assistant Attorney General George Burnett. JIm Beckel - The Oklahoman

Before disbanding, the grand jury itself revealed in a public report that it investigated allegations about the victory party. The grand jury cleared Prater of any wrongdoing.

After meeting with Gerhart and his attorney Tuesday, Burnett withdrew the accusation.

“Based on the court order and the proceedings, we believe that he was not in indirect contempt,” Burnett told The Oklahoman. “We just wanted to ferret out the issues that were in your article.”

In his blackmail case, Gerhart is accused of promising in an email to make a state senator a laughingstock unless legislation passed. Gerhart admits he sent the email March 26 to Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City. Gerhart contends the email is constitutionally protected free speech.

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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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