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Prosecutors want former Oklahoma Senate leader resentenced to prison time

Former Oklahoma state Senate leader Mike Morgan was sentenced to probation on a bribery conviction. But federal prosecutors are calling the punishment unreasonable and want him resentenced to “a substantial period of incarceration.”
by Nolan Clay Modified: July 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm •  Published: July 12, 2013
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In explaining her decision to impose probation, the judge in January said Morgan was convicted on “very suspect evidence.”

She said Morgan had more than 400 supporters. She said he almost certainly will lose his license to practice law. She pointed to the publicity surrounding the case and noted that both Morgan's physical health and finances had suffered because of the case.

She also noted the jury had acquitted Morgan or had been deadlocked on other felony counts against him.

Prosecutors criticized the judge's reasoning. They were particularly critical of the judge for considering collateral consequences to Morgan in reaching her decision.

“They should play no role,” prosecutors wrote. “This is nothing less than doling out leniency to those in the privileged classes.”

Morgan is appealing his conviction on insufficient evidence and other grounds.

Morgan had faced up to 10 years in prison. He was Senate president pro tem in 2005 and 2006. He was Senate co-president pro tem in 2007 and 2008.

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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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