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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Senate president says he is referring the case of a state senator facing federal bribery and obstruction of justice charges to a state legislative ethics panel.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters Tuesday he will be referring the case of Baltimore Sen. Nathaniel Oaks to the General Assembly’s ethics panel to consider what to do about the lawmaker’s Senate status.

Oaks, a Democrat who was charged last year, is contesting the charges. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday Oaks shouldn’t remain in office.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Oaks’ public defenders said in new court filings that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “coerced, cajoled and enticed” acquaintances of Oaks into assisting the investigation. Oaks is accused of taking $15,300 in cash payments from an FBI source.

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