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Okla. legislator seeks to suppress evidence in case

(Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state legislator wants a judge to suppress evidence related to legislative acts from his bribery case.

In a brief, Rep. Randy Terrill cited a 1979 U.S. Supreme Court decision that barred prosecutors from using evidence involving legislative acts against a congressman accused of bribery.

The Oklahoman reports Terrill's attorney, Stephen Jones, wrote that the same result is required in Terrill's case.

Oklahoma County prosecutors allege Terrill offered ex-state Sen. Debbe Leftwich a state job to not run for re-election. Leftwich is accused of soliciting and/or accepting a bribe to withdraw her candidacy. Both deny wrongdoing.

Terrill argued that the Supreme Court dismissed New Jersey Rep. Henry Helstoski's indictment because of legislative protections in the U.S. Constitution.

Prosecutors say Terrill's interpretation of the constitutional protections is simplistic and inaccurate.

BANK CLOSURES

Regulators close small banks in Okla., Wis.

WASHINGTON (AP) Regulators have shut down small banks in Oklahoma and Wisconsin, lifting to 25 the number of U.S. bank failures this year after economic distress and soaring loan defaults brought down 157 banks in 2010.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday seized First National Bank of Davis, in Davis, Okla., with $90.2 million in assets and $68.3 million in deposits; and minority-owned Legacy Bank, in Milwaukee, with $190.4 million in assets and $183.3 million in deposits.

Pauls Valley National Bank, based in Pauls Valley, Okla., agreed to assume all the deposits and $28.5 million of the loans and other assets of First National Bank of Davis. Chicago-based Seaway Bank and Trust Co. is assuming the deposits and $165.9 million of the assets of Legacy Bank.

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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce president Roy Williams acknowledges his organization opposes onerous restrictions on businesses, but accused some lawmakers of trying to score political points with the immigration issue. CORRUPTION PROBE Okla. legislator seeks to suppress evidence in case (Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state legislator wants a judge to suppress evidence related to legislative acts from his bribery case. In a brief, Rep. Randy Terrill cited a 1979 U.S. Supreme Court decision that barred prosecutors from using evidence involving legislative acts against a congressman accused of bribery. The Oklahoman reports Terrill's attorney, Stephen Jones, wrote that the same result is required in Terrill's case. Oklahoma County prosecutors allege Terrill offered ex-state Sen. Debbe Leftwich a state job to not run for re-election. Leftwich is accused of soliciting and/or accepting a bribe to withdraw her candidacy. Both deny wrongdoing. Terrill argued that the Supreme Court dismissed New Jersey Rep. Henry Helstoski's indictment because of legislative protections in the U.S. Constitution. Prosecutors say Terrill's interpretation of the constitutional protections is simplistic and inaccurate. BANK CLOSURES Regulators close small banks in Okla., Wis. WASHINGTON (AP) Regulators have shut down small banks in Oklahoma and Wisconsin, lifting to 25 the number of U.S. bank failures this year after economic distress and soaring loan defaults brought down 157 banks in 2010. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday seized First National Bank of Davis, in Davis, Okla., with $90.2 million in assets and $68.3 million in deposits; and minority-owned Legacy Bank, in Milwaukee, with $190.4 million in assets and $183.3 million in deposits. Pauls Valley National Bank, based in Pauls Valley, Okla., agreed to assume all the deposits and $28.5 million of the loans and other assets of First National Bank of Davis. Chicago-based Seaway Bank and Trust Co. is assuming the deposits and $165.9 million of the assets of Legacy Bank.

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