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Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Bribery Conviction of Michael Morgan, Former President Pro Tem of Oklahoma State Senate

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued an order affirming the bribery conviction of  former Oklahoma State Senate President Pro Tem Michael Steven Morgan, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.  In addition, the appellate court remanded the case to the district court for resentencing.

"We are pleased with the Tenth Circuit’s detailed and thorough review of all appellate issues and their conclusions that Senator Morgan received a fair trial, that the jury’s guilty verdict was supported by the evidence, and that a new sentencing hearing is warranted," said U.S. Attorney Coats.  "As I have said since the day this case was charged, the sale of political influence by an elected official is simply not acceptable and corruption betrays the public trust.   We look forward to the re-sentencing of this case."

Reference is made to the attached Order and Judgment by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

10th_cir_opinion.11.6.15.pdf (267.56 KB)

Updated November 6, 2015

Public Corruption