McMahan Wants Conviction Tossed

Tulsa, OK – Convicted ex-auditor wants convictions thrown out

DENVER (AP) Former state Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan is asking a federal appeals court to overturn his convictions on corruption-related charges.

McMahan is serving eight years and one month in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy in June 2008. He was convicted of taking illegal campaign contributions, trips and jewelry.

His appeal says the judge made serious errors that led to the jury being misinformed and wrongfully convicting him. The alleged errors include instructions about what evidence was needed to convict him.

U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling says his office will respond to the claims.

McMahan's wife Lori is serving six-and-a-half years after being convicted in the same trial.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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