Saturday, May 28, 2005

John Ford resigns

Politics: An FBI sting that catches you on tape asking for and taking money will do that to you.

AP: "State Sen. John Ford, a member of one of Tennessee's most powerful political families, has resigned after being placed under house arrest facing charges from a two-year FBI sting, the lieutenant governor said Saturday. Ford announced his resignation in a letter Lt. Gov. John Wilder read to the Senate. "I plan to spend the rest of my time with my family clearing my name," he wrote. A member of the Senate for more than 30 years, Ford was arrested Thursday following the sting operation nicknamed "Tennessee Waltz." He is charged along with four other current and former state lawmakers with taking payoffs, and he is also accused of threatening to kill a witness."

Bill Hobbs has much more local coverage on this huge story.

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