Trial postponed for Oklahoma Tea Party leader accused of blackmailing senator

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Al Gerhart

OKLAHOMA CITY – The leader of an Oklahoma organization, who is accused of blackmail, will have to wait to go to trial.

Al Gerhart is the leader of the Sooner Tea Party, who was pushing for Oklahoma to secede from the Union.

In a previous interview with NewsChannel 4, Gerhart said, “They are afraid of Obamacare and a creeping Socialist government because the federal government is telling Oklahomans what they can and can’t do.”

Authorities say the Tea Party leader will be heading to court later this year to face charges of blackmailing a state senator.

Prosecutors claim Gerhart sent an email to Oklahoma Sen. Cliff Branan, allegedly promising to make the senator a “laughing stock” unless the Senate Energy and Environment Committee passed a bill that would block a United Nations plan.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin on Monday but has since been postponed to May 5.

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