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AG Rejects Request for Ouster of Tulsa Mayor (Jul 08, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has rejected a Tulsa City Council member's request to launch an investigation and ouster action against Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr.

Pruitt announced his decision Friday in a letter to John Eagleton. Eagleton sent documents to Pruitt's office in April calling for an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Bartlett and his removal.

Pruitt says he denied the request because of legal defects in affidavits for ouster submitted by Eagleton. Even if the affidavits had been sufficient, Pruitt says some of the alleged grounds for Bartlett's removal do not warrant ouster proceedings.

The allegations include that Bartlett has been absent from city council meetings, accepted free gifts or services from a city contractor and solicited people to file lawsuits against the city.

Bartlett has denied wrongdoing.

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