Charges Filed Against Lawmakers

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A former Oklahoma state senator and a current House member have been charged with bribery in an alleged deal to exchange a newly created state job for a promise not to seek re-election.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed felony bribery charges Wednesday against former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich and state Rep. Randy Terrill. If convicted, they could face up to two years in prison.

The charges allege Terrill offered Leftwich an $80,000-per-year job at the state Medical Examiner's Office earlier this year in exchange for her not seeking re-election to her south Oklahoma City Senate seat.

Leftwich's attorney Robert McCampbell says his client has done nothing wrong. Terrill's attorney Stephen Jones says the charges are unwarranted and that Leftwich and Terrill were being targeted by political enemies.