Ex-senator seeks new trial on bribery charge
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The former leader of the Oklahoma Senate has asked a federal judge to grant him a new trial on a bribery conviction.
Former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan filed a motion for a new trial on Monday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.
Morgan was convicted of bribery on March 5 by a 12-member jury that also found him not guilty of related extortion and mail fraud counts and could not reach a verdict on other counts.
Among other things, Morgan was accused of accepting $12,000 from Silver Oak Senior Living and attempting to influence a bill that would ease regulations on the state's nursing home industry.
Morgan, a Stillwater attorney, insisted the money he received was legal fees to pay for work he did for the company.
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