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Testimony Resumes in Oklahoma Bribery Case (Nov 02, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The former leader of the Oklahoma state Senate says it would be inappropriate to pass legislation that creates a state job for a state lawmaker.

Secretary of State Glenn Coffee - former president pro tem of the Senate - testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing that will determine whether state Rep. Randy Terrill and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich are ordered to trial on felony bribery charges.

Prosecutors allege that Terrill offered Leftwich an $80,000-a-year job at the state Medical Examiner's Office last year in exchange for Leftwich's promise not to seek re-election so a Republican could run for her seat.

Both deny wrongdoing.

Coffee testified that it would not have been inappropriate for Leftwich to apply for the job - but that guaranteeing her the position is not allowed.


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