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March 6, 2013

Lawyers appeal probation

OKLAHOMA CITY — Federal prosecutors say former Oklahoma Senate President Mike Morgan should be in prison instead of on probation.

In January, a federal judge sentenced Morgan to five years’ probation and 104 hours of community service.

He had faced 10 years in prison after jurors found him guilty of accepting a $12,000 bribe to influence legislation. Morgan said the payment was for legal work.

Jurors acquitted Morgan of other charges or couldn’t reach a verdict. U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron said the ex-Senate leader had been convicted on “suspect evidence.”

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