Federal prosecutors appeal probation for ex-Senate leader
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - 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.''
According to The Oklahoman newspaper (http://bit.ly/Wsxkkv), prosecutors have filed a notice of appeal with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prosecutors said giving Morgan probation sends the wrong signal to public officials.
Morgan is also appealing his conviction.
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