Advocate says former Oklahoma Senate leader should 'suffer consequences'

An advocate for Oklahoma seniors is urging a judge to make a former Senate leader convicted of bribery “suffer the consequences of his poor judgment.” Former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan is to be sentenced Jan. 8 in federal court in Oklahoma City.
by Nolan Clay Published: December 21, 2012
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“Nearly 500 people might have written to say that Senator Mike Morgan is a good man, but that doesn't change what he did. His efforts to pass SB 738 would have jeopardized the lives of nearly 10,000 frail elderly citizens of our state in order to bolster more profit for assisted living providers,” she wrote.

“Good people make mistakes. But in this case, this would not have been just a mistake. It was complete disregard for the elderly.”

Morgan's attorneys criticize letter

Her letter was made public Thursday by Morgan's attorneys, who criticized it in a legal filing.

“Mrs. Brinkley fails to understand that all Mr. Morgan did or intended to do was introduce the original shell bill so that the various parties, lobbyists and groups would have (a) vehicle to address the problems,” the attorneys wrote.

Morgan denied taking bribes.

He testified at trial that Crosby paid him $1,000 a month for a year for legal services.

He also testified he introduced the assisted-living legislation in 2007 for a trade association representing all assisted-living facilities, and not for Crosby.

Leniency is sought

Morgan was Senate president pro tem in 2005 and 2006.

He was Senate co-president pro tem in 2007 and 2008.

He left the Legislature at the end of 2008 because of term limits.

Morgan faces up to 10 years in prison.

Morgan is seeking probation and still claims he is innocent.

More than 400 Morgan supporters have written letters asking the judge for leniency.

Brinkley questioned the sincerity of the letter writers.

She told the judge that a personal friend connected to Oklahoma State University “told me she received the ‘form' letter to send in and that she really didn't know Mike Morgan, but others said he was a ‘good guy' so she sent the letter.”

Morgan “disputes that such a person exists and this statement is unfounded,” his attorneys wrote about her claim.


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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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