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UPDATE: House Panel Mulled to Investigate Terrill (Jan 27, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele says he's exploring whether to create a special committee to investigate possible wrongdoing by Rep. Randy Terrill, who has been charged with felony bribery in Oklahoma County.

Steele said Wednesday during a legislative forum sponsored by The Associated Press that discussions are ongoing with an outside attorney hired by the House after District Attorney David Prater began investigating Terrill.

Terrill and Former State Senator Debbe Leftwich are facing bribery charges for what Prater alleges was a deal to exchange a newly created state job for a promise not to seek re-election.

Steele says the possible outcomes of the committee could be exoneration, censure or even expulsion.

Leftwich has asked an Oklahoma County trial judge to dismiss that bribery case against her.  The Oklahoman reports that in the request, Leftwich contends she has absolute immunity from prosecution and that she can’t be charged with accepting something of value to withdraw from the Senate race because she never officially filed as a candidate. A February 24th court date is set to hear the dismissal request.

Terrill says he's done nothing wrong and welcomes the inquiry.

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