Friday, June 18, 2010

Coffee Retains Slater To Probe ME Job Language

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee has retained Oklahoma City attorney Lee Slater to investigate how language creating a new post at the Medical Examiner's office got into a bill authored by Coffee, Fox 25 News reports.

That action came as Senator Anthony Sykes, who carried the bill for Coffee, denied that he put the language into the bill.

Coffee, who has been unable to answer questions about how the language got into his bill, has refused further comment because the matter is under investigation by Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.

Prater's corruption probe focuses on Rep. Randy Terrill, Senator Debbe Leftwich and Rep. Mike Christian, he has said. An $80,000-per-year job in the ME's office allegedly was created for Democrat Leftwich so she would not seek reelection, clearing the way for Republican Christian to seek the seat.

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