Jim Sisney’s indictments on charges of bribery and conspiracy against a school district were issued on August 23, 2012. This was the last day of the August three-day session, and it was the last session for the Thirteenth Multicounty Grand Jury.
Sisney filed a motion to dismiss, saying that the indictments were issued two days after the grand jury’s term had expired, and were therefore invalid. His basis for saying the expiration date was August 21, 2012 is that the grand jury was impaneled on February 22, 2011, for a term of exactly eighteen months. He states in his point 5 that “The term of the Multicounty Grand jury was never extended by further order of the Oklahoma Supreme Court or by Order of the Presiding Judge.”
The Presiding Judge actually did extend the term, exactly through August 23, 2012, in a scheduling order on February 24, 2012. The Scheduling Order and the State’s arguments are in the State’s response to the motion to dismiss.
Judge Kellough, the judge in the Tulsa criminal case, is scheduled to rule on the motion to dismiss on October 30, 2012.
Another document filed in the case shows that Sisney was called to testify before the grand jury in July 2012. Did he tell the same story to the grand jury that he told the state auditor – that Ed Bryson had personally given him the trip package as a friend, because Bryson had a prior commitment and couldn’t attend? Bryson was indicted for perjury for telling that lie to the grand jury. Bryson testified on August 21, 2012, only two days before the indictment was issued. Sisney had been called in July, so he had probably already testified before Bryson. If Sisney lied to the grand jury, he should be indicted for perjury. If he told them the truth, maybe he should have sent his friend Bryson the memo before he perjured himself on Sisney’s behalf.