Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry testifies as defense witness at Mike Morgan trial

by Nolan Clay Modified: February 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm •  Published: February 27, 2012

Former Gov. Brad Henry on Monday described former Senate leader Mike Morgan as being “of the highest integrity and ethics” in their dealings together at the state Capitol.

Henry was the first defense witness for Morgan, who is on trial in federal court in Oklahoma City.

“I never saw him do anything or say anything that led me to question his ethics or integrity,” Henry told jurors.

Morgan, a Democrat, is accused of accepting more than $400,000 in bribes from three companies for his political influence. Morgan, an attorney, contends he was paid for legitimate legal services.

He was indicted last year on 63 felony counts. Prosecutors Monday dropped one count, a conspiracy allegation, because of rulings Friday by the trial judge.

U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron on Friday dismissed the entire case against lobbyist Andy Skeith and half the case against prominent attorney Martin Stringer because of insufficient evidence.

Stringer still faces 29 felony counts. He now is accused of conspiring with Morgan on behalf of one of the companies.

Both Morgan and Stringer are calling for a mistrial.

Morgan, 57, of Stillwater, Stringer, 71, of Oklahoma City, and Skeith, 53, of Edmond, were indicted in March.

Morgan was Senate president pro tem or co-president pro tem from March 2005 until November 2008, according to the indictment.

He left the Senate in 2008 because of term limits.

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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