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Opening Statements Made in Ex-Okla. Senator Trial (Feb 14, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal prosecutor says the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate used his public office to take hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies who wanted his influence on legislation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Williams made the comment during opening statements Tuesday to a 12-member jury in the bribery and conspiracy trial of former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan.

Prosecutors allege that Morgan accepted more than $400,000 from three companies from 2004 to 2008.

Morgan's attorney, David Ogle, says the companies paid Morgan for his legal services as a lawyer.

Morgan is accused of working with attorney N. Martin Stringer and lobbyist William Skeith to arrange payments from the companies in exchange for legislation favorable to the companies.

All have pleaded not guilty.



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