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Former Senate President Requests Acquittal (Mar 19, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The former leader of the Oklahoma Senate has asked a federal judge to acquit him of a bribery charge on which he was convicted two weeks ago.

The motion was filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City for former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan. A jury convicted Morgan of bribery on March 5 but found him not guilty of related extortion and mail fraud counts and could not reach a verdict on other counts.

Morgan was accused of illegally accepting more than $400,000 from three companies that sought his influence on pending legislation between 2005 and 2008. Morgan has said the payments were for legal services he performed for the companies.

The motion, filed electronically on Saturday, claims Morgan's conviction is not supported by the evidence.

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