Okla. company owner says senator did no legal work

OKLAHOMA CITY,OK. (AP) - One of the owners of a solid waste management company says the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate did no legal work for the company although he was paid $141,000 over three years.

Edith Denton of Blackwell testified Tuesday in the federal bribery trial of former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan.

Denton, her husband and others own Dilworth Development Co., which had planned a solid waste landfill in northern Oklahoma. She says the company hired Morgan, an attorney, on the advice of its lawyer, N. Martin Stringer.

But Denton says Morgan's job was to "watch our back" and block bills detrimental to the project.

Morgan, Stringer and lobbyist William Skeith are charged with conspiracy, extortion and mail fraud. Morgan also faces a bribery charge.

They have pleaded not guilty.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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