The Oklahoma State Senate decided Tuesday to set Sept. 27 as the date for the impeachment trial of State Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher on corruption charges.[@@]
“That will give both the defense and the prosecution time to prepare,” says Sen. Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee, Judiciary chairman designate for the State Senate. “The morning of the 27th will be set aside for motions if there need to be any heard, but we expect to be ready to start promptly at 1:30 on Sept. 27.”
Members of the House Board of Managers, who will serve as prosecutors, officially presented the Senate with the 5 articles of impeachment approved by the House last week.
Carroll, who also faces criminal charges in state court, is accused by the house of neglect of duty, incompetence and corruption in office.
He is alleged to have:
- Pocketed $1,000 in campaign money for personal use.
- Put money for a continuing education program in private accounts.
- Used his office to solicit for a private charity.
- Accepted office furniture from an insurer he gave a favorable ruling to for a business acquisition.