Jurors to decide ex-Okla. senator's bribery case

OKLAHOMA CITY,OK. (AP) - Jurors in the federal bribery and extortion trial of the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate are preparing to begin deliberating a verdict in the case.

A 12-member jury will hear closing arguments Thursday in the trial of former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan. Jurors will also deliberate a verdict of a co-defendant, attorney N. Martin Stringer, who is charged with extortion and mail fraud.

Morgan is accused of taking more than $400,000 from three companies who sought his influence on legislation between 2005 and 2008. Morgan claims the fees were for legal services. Morgan and Stringer have pleaded not guilty.

Morgan and Stringer testified in their own defense and denied the allegations. They say payments were for Morgan's legal fees, but prosecutors say he did no legal work.

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