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February 14, 2012

Jury selection begins in ex-senator’s trial

PRYOR — OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jury selection is beginning for a former Oklahoma state Senate president who faces federal charges of bribery, conspiracy, extortion and mail fraud.

The trial of former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan of Stillwater and two co-defendants began Monday as attorneys reviewed questionnaires submitted by potential jurors. Attorneys had not begun questioning jurors by midday.

Prosecutors allege Morgan took more than $400,000 in illegal payments from three companies for his influence on legislation.

Morgan is accused of conspiring with lobbyist William Skeith and attorney N. Martin Stringer to steer bills on behalf of two of the companies from 2004 until 2008. Skeith and Stringer face charges of conspiracy, extortion and mail fraud.

All have pleaded not guilty.

Morgan's attorney has said his client provided legal services to the companies.

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