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Leftwich/Terrill Case Goes to Trial

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
November 4, 2011

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The bribery case against a former and a current lawmaker is heading to trial.

Special Judge Stephen Alcorn decided on Friday there’s enough evidence to send the case against Representative Randy Terrill and former Senator Debbe Leftwich to trial.

Prosecutors allege Terrill offered Leftwich an $80,000-a-year job at the state Medical Examiner’s Office last year in exchange for Leftwich’s promise not to seek re-election so that a Republican colleague could run.

Leftwich’s Attorney Robert McCampbell says Leftwich was not eligible for the State job at the Medical Examiner’s Office as a sitting Senator and she was not officially a candidate so she couldn’t have withdrawn from the race.

“It is truly remarkable that the government could not produce a single witness who says they think a crime occurred; nevertheless, we recognize the court’s ruling. We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling, but of course we will abide by it.”

Terrill’s Attorney, Stephen Jones says he’s ready to have a jury hear this case.

“I think the weakness of the prosecution’s case is evident from the witnesses and the testimony here, but I look forward to and in fact relish the opportunity to call defense witnesses at the trial.”

Leftwich and Terrill each face up to ten years in prison if found guilty.

They are scheduled for an arraignment on December 2nd.

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