House hires attorney in corruption investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state House of Representatives has
hired an attorney to help deal with allegations of political
corruption.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Monies for House Speaker Chris Benge says
Edmond attorney Andy Lester will "navigate and negotiate" the
investigation.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater is looking into
allegations Rep. Randy Terrill conspired to create an $80,000 a
year state job at the medical examiner's office for Sen. Debbe
Leftwich. In return Leftwich would not run for re-election -
clearing the way for Rep. Mike Christian to run for her seat.

The three have denied wrongdoing.

Leftwich is not running for re-election and Christian announced
for her seat - but filed instead for re-election to the House after
the investigation became public.
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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com


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