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UPDATE: Lawmaker Bribery Trial Continues in OKC (Nov 01, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma lawmaker says he played no role in an alleged bribery plot to secure a job for a state senator in exchange for her promise not to seek re-election.

Rep. Mike Christian of Oklahoma City testified Tuesday at a preliminary hearing that will determine whether Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich of Oklahoma City are ordered to stand trial on felony bribery charges.

Prosecutors say Terrill offered Leftwich a job at the Medical Examiner's Office in exchange for Leftwich's promise not to seek re-election so Christian could run for her seat. But Christian says he planned to run for the seat regardless of whether Leftwich stepped aside.

Christian says he was not part of any plan to secure an $80,000-a-year job for Leftwich.

An Oklahoma state Senate employee who helped draft legislation in 2010 to create that job says she thought the bill involved some kind of deal - but didn't think it was illegal.

Jennifer Mullens Mullens says Terrill gave her specific instructions about the job during a meeting that included Leftwich.

 

 



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