Whore’s Uncle convicted of bribery

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 John Ford Trial

HAT TIP: (AP) MEMPHIS, April 27 — Former state senator John Ford (D), a prominent member of a politically powerful family, was convicted Friday of accepting $55,000 in bribes.

But the federal jury deadlocked on the more serious charge of extortion, creating a mistrial on that count. Ford was acquitted of three counts of witness intimidation.

The prosecution’s case depended heavily on showing jurors videos of the once-influential state senator stuffing his pockets with $100 bills counted one by one by an undercover FBI agent.

Ford’s defense contended that he thought he was being paid as a business consultant for a computer recycling company. But the company was a fake created for an FBI investigation of corruption among state officials.

The sting, code-named Tennessee Waltz, resulted in the arrests of five sitting or former lawmakers and several local government officials.

Ford served in the state legislature from the 1970s until May 2005, when he resigned a few days after his arrest. He is the brother of Harold E. Ford Sr. (D), Tennessee’s first black congressman, and the uncle of Harold E. Ford Jr. (D), who replaced his father in Congress and served 10 years until losing a race for the U.S. Senate last year.

17 thoughts on “Whore’s Uncle convicted of bribery

  1. Until they brought in his last girlfriend to testify, Ford could have deadlocked the jury on all charges.

    Guess a 64-year-old man screwing a 26-year old woman was too much for even that jury to handle.

  2. rikyrah

    Until they brought in his last girlfriend to testify, Ford could have deadlocked the jury on all charges.

    Guess a 64-year-old man screwing a 26-year old woman was too much for even that jury to handle.

    I did NOT know this….

    LOL

    I love all the backgrounds of these stories.

    Any word on Dark Sith’s Aunt?

  3. To answer your question about his Aunt, an intern in Nashville told me she is out sick, nature of illness is unknown. Political Junkie this is the wildest I’ve seen it in Memphis in my 12 years here and FBI in charge My Harrison is not finished tapping and dotting.

  4. rikyrah

    Why is this site so jealous of Ford, Barak ?

    Color-struck ?

    Darryl,

    Stop being nasty. You’ve been told before – this site is not ‘ hating’ on them. They are ‘ skeptical’.

    Barack is running for President. This blog has a political slant, so of course, he’d be a topic of deep conversation.

    Harold Ford has put himself out there as a ‘player’. So, of course, he’s going to be a topic of conversation.

    His family, well, um, is ‘colorful’, and that has nothing to do with being Black. You know what I mean.

    So, no need to get nasty.

  5. rikyrah

    Thought that came to me today….our pols go down for PEANUTS.

    It’s sort of hideous to think that he’ll lose his freedom for less than 100k.

    Dollar Bill’s going down for 100 k.

    In my neck of the woods, the slimy Rezko is going down, but it’s after nearly 100 million.

    If you’re going to risk jailtime, make it worth your while.

  6. That’s what I’ve always thought, Rikyrah. They go after our pols because they already know they can be bought cheap.

    Duke Cunningham didn’t go out that way. He went down for seven figures, at least.

    Jefferson going down for chump change ::rolls eyes::

    Even Wolfowitz will leave the World Bank with a goldenn parachute….

  7. yogo

    We had some local guys, city council types, go to prison for 4-5 figures. That’s just ridiculous.

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