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Okla. Supreme Court Stays Out of Bribery Case (Sep 19, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it will not take up a case involving a former state senator accused of bribery.

The state's highest court issued an order on Monday in which it declined to take the case so that the parties could "seek the appropriate relief in the Court of Criminal Appeals."

Attorneys for former Democratic state Sen. Debbe Leftwich argued before the Supreme Court last week that Leftwich should not be prosecuted because her activities as a legislator are protected by the speech and debate clause of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Prosecutors allege Leftwich agreed not to seek reelection in exchange for an $80,000-a-year state job created through legislation by state Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, who also has been charged.

Five of the court's nine members concurred with the order.

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