Jury resumes deliberations for ex-Oklahoma senator Mike Morgan

A 12-member federal jury has resumed efforts to reach a verdict in the trial of the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: March 5, 2012 at 10:13 am •  Published: March 5, 2012
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A 12-member federal jury has resumed efforts to reach a verdict in the trial of the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate.

Jurors continued their deliberations Monday morning in the trial of former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan, who faces bribery and extortion charges.

Deliberations began Thursday following 11 days of testimony by 42 witnesses in federal court in Oklahoma City. Jurors have already deliberated for about nine hours.

Morgan is accused of accepting more than $400,000 from three companies between 2005 and 2008 in return for his influence on legislation. Morgan claims the payments were for legal services, but prosecutors say he performed no legal work. Morgan has pleaded not guilty.

Co-defendant N. Martin Stringer has also pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion and mail fraud.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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