James Morgan: Former St. Louis Liquor Control Deputy Pleads Guilty to Soliciting a Bribe

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A former employee of the St. Louis Excise Division has pleaded guilty to soliciting a bribe from a Soulard bar owner.

James Allen Morgan
was indicted back in July on charges that he requested cash payments and a job at a Soulard tavern in order for the business to obtain a liquor license. That bar has since been identified as the Soulard Social House, owned by the Trupiano siblings.

The Trupianos also own Lure, a Washington Avenue nightclub that lost its liquor license earlier this fall after the city blamed its patrons for violence and other disturbances. (The decision concerning the liquor license is on appeal. Meanwhile, the city is adding additional security measures downtown after a patron was recently killed after leaving another Washington Avenue nightclub.)

Morgan, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of felony bribery and faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000, when he is sentenced on February 2, 2011.

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