Deliberations resume in ex-Okla. senator's trial

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal jury is deliberating a verdict in the bribery and extortion trial of the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate.

Deliberations began on Thursday for former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan. Morgan's 12-member jury resumed deliberations at 9 a.m. Friday.

Morgan is accused of taking more than $400,000 in return for his influence on bills. Prosecutors lodged bribery and extortion charges against Morgan, but he says the money he received was for legal services.

A co-defendant, attorney N. Martin Springer, is charged with extortion and mail fraud in the case. Morgan and Stringer have pleaded not guilty.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron dismissed all charges against another co-defendant, lobbyist William Andrew Skeith, and about half the charges lodged against Stringer. Cauthron says the evidence was insufficient.

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