Ex-Okla. senator's federal bribery trial to resume

OKLAHOMA CITY,OK. (AP) - The federal bribery trial of the Oklahoma Senate's former leader is wrapping up its first week.

Testimony resumes Friday in the case of ex-Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan. A jury was seated in the case on Monday and testimony began Tuesday.

Morgan, an attorney, is accused of conspiring with lobbyist William Skeith and attorney N. Martin Stringer to illegally accept more than $400,000 from three companies that sought his influence on legislation. All three have pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiracy, extortion and mail fraud.

An attorney for one of the companies, Dilworth Development Co., testified Thursday he saw nothing wrong with hiring Morgan. But Ron Walker said he didn't know what work Morgan performed.

Morgan's defense lawyer has said the payments were legal.

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