Former State Senator Seeks Court Hearing Delay

Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 12:28 pm
By: News On 6

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- Former state Senator Gene Stipe is asking for a delay of his probation revocation hearing next week so he can undergo medical treatment. Stipe attorney Clark Brewster says Stipe is to undergo chemotherapy for prostate cancer on Monday when the hearing is scheduled to start.

Brewster also says Stipe can't properly prepare for a mental competency exam before the revocation hearing because he hasn't received a report on his mental status conducted last month at a prison hospital in Missouri.

Defense attorneys also say they have scheduling conflict and that a new four-count indictment charging Stipe and his brother Francis should be merged into the probation revocation hearing.

Stipe is on probation until 2009 after pleading guilty to perjury and violating campaign contribution laws.

Federal prosecutors say Stipe violated that probation by violating campaign contribution laws again in 2006.

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