Michael Morgan, a former municipal judge for the City of Stillwater, began his political career in 1996 when he was elected as the Senator from Oklahoma’s District 21. Mike served as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and in March 2005, he was elected as President Pro Tempore—the chief executive officer of the Senate. During his last two years in office, the upper chamber was tied with 24 Democrats and 24 Republicans for the first time in Oklahoma history. Mike’s leadership during this gridlock drew praise from leaders across the state.
In 2013, a jury sitting in the Western District of Oklahoma convicted Mike of one count of bribery. Following the appeal, Mike was resentenced to 18 months in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He served part of his sentence at Forrest City, Arkansas before he was transferred to the Oklahoma Halfway House and began working part-time for Cactus Drilling, LLC.
This is the story of his conviction, his time in prison, and how attorneys can avoid the appearance of impropriety in fee arrangements.
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