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Convicted of fathering a crime

Together the two powerful Oklahoma Democrats were found guilty of 20 counts of conspiracy and mail fraud, but by the time the nine-day trial in Muskogee County had ended, no one in the Sooner State could have been in any doubt about the motive: the crime had been committed for Dad.

U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson persuaded the federal court jury that State House Speaker Dan Draper and his chief legislative lieutenant, Majority Floor Leader Joseph Fitzgibbon, had participated in a complicated vote-fraud scheme to steal a 1982 runoff election....

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