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Special Judge Agrees to Deferred Prosecution (Jan 24, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorney General Scott Pruitt says former Pittsburg County Special Judge William Layden Jr. has agreed to a deferred prosecution in a drug court embezzlement scheme.

Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury indicted Layden for conspiracy to defraud the state in October 2011. He was accused of interfering with an investigation of the Pittsburg County Drug Court.

The drug court's coordinator was indicted for embezzlement and destroying records. She is awaiting trial.

Layden agreed to pay more than $4,700 to cover one-third of the cost of a drug court audit and not seek public or judicial office.

In an affidavit, Layden says he took steps to protect the drug court's coordinator that he ``should not have taken.'' His attorney, Rob Nigh, says Layden feels bad about what happened but didn't commit a crime.

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