A former top FBI official in Oklahoma who was an agent who held high positions in the FBI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters says it’s time the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered ATT to refund billions in a bribed Corporation Commission case.
Writing this week, Buck Revell stated, “Justice delayed any further is justice denied; Bribery is unconstitutional and it’s time ATT refunded billions to Oklahoma ratepayers—-including State Government.”
He sided with a small group of ratepayers who asked the Corporation Commission to reconsider the 1989 bribed vote in a Southwestern Bell rate case but lost. So the group went to the State Supreme Court and now the case is being reviewed by the high court.
“Righting this manifest wrong has been a long time coming,” said Revell who also pointed out that the lawsuit shows new evidence indicates the Supreme Court itself “was also defrauded by attorneys involved with the ATT bribery when the case was first appealed there in 1991.
Revell said the victims have waited long enough and the court should rule against ATT’s argument that bribed votes do count
“Honest citizens are asking, ‘Do bribed votes really count in Oklahoma?’ The answer will speak volumes for the state of justice—and the sanctity of an honest vote—in today’s Oklahoma.”
Revell is retired from the FBI but at one time was the Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma Division. He also served as the FBI director’s deputy in charge of Criminal Investigative, Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence activities. During his 30-year career, he took part in the investigations of the JFK assassination, Watergate and Iran-Contra. Revell had oversight of the FBI investigation of the bribery at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, a probe that sent former commissioner Bob Hopkins and a Southwestern Bell attorney to prison.
The bribery resulted in a 2-1 vote for SW Bell on a rate case. The lone vote against was by Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony who remains on the commission and has challenged the issue since 1989. He also cooperated with the FBI in its investigation and worked undercover in obtaining information that led to the conviction of then-commissioner Hopkins and corporate attorney William Anderson.