Local & Regional
Wed February 10, 2010
Supreme Court Tells Corporation Commission No.
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – Supreme Court rejects request to reopen rate case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony to reopen a 1986 regulatory case involving AT&T.
The court's decision was praised Tuesday by chamber officials and leaders of organized labor, who had urged Anthony to drop his efforts.
State Chamber President Richard Rush says Anthony's attempt sends an anti-business message to companies looking to locate in Oklahoma.
Anthony asked the Supreme Court to reopen the rate case, arguing the 2-1 vote was tainted by a bribe paid to former Commissioner Bob Hopkins. Both Hopkins and an attorney for the phone company were sentenced to prison.
The court ruled Monday that Anthony has failed to advance any new argument that would produce a different result.