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  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Two Rode Together"(1961)

    04/06/2014 11:36:37 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1961 | John Ford
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Quiet Man"(1952)

    03/17/2013 1:31:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1952 | John Ford
    Today being St. Patrick's Day, what better pick for today's feature could there be than this one?
  • Pilgrim (John Wayne to Jimmy Stewart in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance")

    11/17/2012 9:57:04 AM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 13, 2007 | Uploaded by ICLAIMTHISNAME
    CONTAINS SPOILERS! Be warned. In 1962, John Ford's 'The Man who Shot Libery Valance' was released starring John Wayne and James Stewart. This video is a dedication to Wayne's role.
  • Court Overturns Ford Corruption Conviction

    04/14/2011 2:37:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    The Daily News (Memphis) ^ | 4/14/11 | Bill Dries
    Former state Sen. John Ford’s federal TennCare fraud and corruption convictions were tossed Thursday morning by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court specifically found that Ford’s failure to disclose that he was working as a consultant for a TennCare contractor while he was a state senator voting on policies governing TennCare wasn’t a matter for the federal courts. It was instead a matter for state government, the court ruled. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the use of the “honest services” federal statute also figured prominently in a ruling that could mean Ford will be released...
  • MEMPHIS: Former girlfriend of John Ford is fired from library job

    11/25/2008 9:02:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 1,257+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/25/8 | Jody Callahan
    Connie Mathews has been fired from her job at the Memphis Public Library, city officials said today. Mathews, mother of two children by former state senator John Ford, falsified information on her application, according to an official statement from city spokesman Toni Holmon-Turner. “It has come to the attention of the City of Memphis administration that Ms. Connie Mathews falsified information contained in her employment application for the Memphis Public Library. Therefore, Ms. Mathews’ employment with the City of Memphis will cease immediately.” Mathews was hired as an assistant library cataloger at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. She...
  • John Ford's girlfriend gets job at Memphis Public Library

    11/17/2008 1:02:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1,353+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/17/8 | Amos Maki
    The girlfriend of former State Senator and convicted felon John Ford is working for the city. Connie Mathews, who has two children by Ford, is an assistant library cataloger at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Mathews, who began her job Nov. 10, works at the Central Library on Poplar and has an annual salary of $28,580. Mathews, who has a background in banking and finance, is known locally for her run-ins with Ford’s ex-wife, Tamara Mitchell Ford. In 2001, Mitchell-Ford drove her silver Jaguar into the Collierville home Mathews shared with Ford. Ford was the marquee defendant in...
  • Tennessee - Former Sen. Ford sentenced to 14 years

    09/29/2008 3:49:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 1,375+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | September 29, 2008
    Excerpt - NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee state Sen. John Ford has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on federal charges of wire fraud and failing to report more than $800,000 in payments from state contractors. ~ snip ~
  • After eight hours of jury deliberation, Ford faces up to 20 years in prison

    07/18/2008 10:47:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 478+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/18/8 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- A federal court jury convicted former state senator John Ford of all six charges in connection with his $850,000 in consulting work for two major TennCare contractors. Ford, 66, is already serving a 5 1/2 year sentence for a separate conviction on federal bribery charges in Memphis. He faces up to 20 years in the Nashville case but sentencing will not occur for several weeks, possibly months. The middle Tennessee jury deliberated a total of eight hours -- six on Thursday -- before returning to the courtroom where it sat since the trial began on July 1. The...
  • John Ford sought to amend financial interest forms after media reports surfaced

    07/09/2008 12:08:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 417+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/9/8 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- Then-state senator John Ford filed state-required financial interest disclosure forms yearly for 2001 through 2004 without listing any consulting work or income -- and then sought to amend them in 2005 after media reports began surfacing about his consulting income and a formal ethics complaint had been lodged against him, according to testimony today in his federal court trial here. Earlier testimony has indicated that the consulting firm in which Ford was a 40 percent partner received about $1.2 million from a TennCare dental services provider during that time. But under questioning by prosecutors, Senate Chief Clerk Russell...
  • Former Senator Faces More Bribery Charges -- John Ford Already Serving Prison Sentence

    06/09/2008 1:01:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 468+ views
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This month's trial of former state Sen. John Ford on corruption charges could last up to a month. Ford is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from TennCare contractors to promote those private companies' interests with the state's expanded Medicaid program. Ford was known for his flashy attire when he was a lawmaker. On Monday he was led into court in a dark green jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind his back. He was convicted earlier this year of taking $55,000 in bribes during the unrelated federal Tennessee Waltz investigation and is serving a 5 1/2...
  • IRS After John Ford

    06/06/2008 1:04:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 288+ views
    WREG-3 (CBS-Memphis) ^ | 6/6/8 | George Brown
    News Channel 3 has confirmed the Internal Revenue Service is after former Senator and current prisoner, John Ford. The IRS says Ford owes more than 220,000 in unpaid federal income taxes. The IRS would not comment on specifics but did say the taxes are from 2003, 2004 and 2005. Ford is currently in a federal prison on bribery charges prosecuted under Operation Tennessee Waltz. Ford is serving 5 years in prison. A June 24 trial is set for Ford in Nashville on allegations he took $800,000 in illegal payments.
  • John Ford-backed law lets doctor practice

    06/01/2008 6:55:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 362+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/1/8 | Marc Perrusquia
    A psychologist raised in Frayser and trained in South America, Morgan had been rejected twice by the state's psychology licensing board because of his academic record. But Morgan found a powerful ally in then-state Sen. John Ford, who pushed through legislation that forced regulators to hand Morgan a license to practice, according to an examination by The Commercial Appeal. That carefully tailored 1998 law has privately troubled psychology professionals for years yet remained unknown to the larger public. The newspaper uncovered the matter following Morgan's indictment last month. Federal prosecutors contend Morgan offered Ford money in 2005 for legislation that...
  • Confederacy of Dunces

    05/07/2008 3:48:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 100+ views
    . . .See no evil -- House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh has found the perfect solution to the legislature’s sleazy ethics. He’s covering his eyes.On the day former Sen. John Ford entered federal prison for taking bribes in the “Tennessee Waltz” scandal, House Democrats killed a bill to revoke state health insurance benefits for lawmakers convicted of felonies involving their office.Sen. Charles Curtiss, the bill’s sponsor, said, “In my mind, we ought to be held to a higher standard.” But apparently not in Naifeh’s mind.Later, the mighty speaker dismissed the possibility that killing the bill hurts Democrats’ public image. He didn’t...
  • {Former state senator John} Ford assigned to dorm maintenance

    04/29/2008 1:18:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 214+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/29/8 | Lawrence Buser
    Former state senator John Ford was assigned to maintenance duty today at the federal prison in Louisiana where he is serving a 5-year prison sentence for bribery. “He will be temporarily assigned to assist the dorm orderlies with sanitation in the dorms,” said Karen Million, spokesman for the Federal Prison Camp at Pollock, La. “After we have a chance to assess his skills, we may assign him to a different job assignment.” Ford, 65, who reported to the camp Monday afternoon, was convicted last year of taking $55,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents in the Tennessee Waltz investigation into...
  • Ex.-Sen. Ford reports to prison camp

    04/29/2008 7:42:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 260+ views
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 4/29/8 | WOODY BAIRD, Associated Press
    5 1/2-year sentence is result of bribes taken in Tennessee Waltz sting - MEMPHIS - The Rolex watches, fancy suits and plush hotels are all things of the past for former state Sen. John Ford.Ford, 65, reported Monday to a federal prison camp in Louisiana to begin a 5 1/2-year sentence for taking $55,000 in bribes during the FBI's statewide corruption sting called Tennessee Waltz.Once one of the state's most powerful lawmakers, Ford was known as a flashy dresser with a taste for fine dining and expensive hotels.At the prison camp, he will have half of a double bunk in...
  • {TN Waltz - John} Ford enters federal prison in Louisiana

    04/28/2008 12:10:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 271+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/28/8 | Lawrence Buser
    Former state senator John Ford entered the federal prison camp at Pollock, La., at 1:40 p.m. today. Ford, who was convicted last year of accepting $55,000 in bribes as a state legislator, is serving a 5-year at the prison, which is about 400 miles from Memphis. Prison spokesman Karen Million said Ford, prisoner No. 20286-076, will receive an orientation and a medical screening today and will be given a work assignment on Tuesday. Ford was convicted as part of an FBI undercover sting dubbed Operation Tennessee Waltz. He is the 10th defendant to be sent to prison. Two others received...
  • John Ford Headed to Prison {for TN Waltz corruption conviction}

    04/28/2008 10:09:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 312+ views
    MEMPHIS, TN - Former State Senator John Ford is scheduled to report to federal prison in Pollock, Louisiana on Monday, April 28, 2008. Ford was convicted in April 2007 on bribery charges; he took more than $55,000 to influence votes in the Tennessee legislature. Ford was indicted during an FBI undercover operation, "Operation Tennessee Waltz," which worked to expose public corruption. The United States Penitentiary in Pollock is a high-security facility in central Louisiana, which houses male offender. A satellite prison camp located next to the main facility houses minimum security offenders. The prison is surrounded by the Kisatchie National...
  • { Convicted in TN Waltz sting, John} Ford to be imprisoned closer to home

    03/28/2008 7:51:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 860+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/28/8 | Bartholomew Sullivan
    Cohen intervenes to request change of prison from Texas to Louisiana -- WASHINGTON -- Former state senator John Ford is going to the big house next month, but after the intervention of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, it will be much closer to Memphis. Cohen confirmed Thursday that his office made a request to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to look into changing Ford's incarceration from a minimum-security federal-prison camp at La Tuna, Texas, to a similar facility in central Louisiana. Ford, 65, is to surrender to federal authorities next month to begin serving a 5 1/2-year sentence after his conviction...
  • {John} Ford asking to put off going to prison

    11/28/2007 12:49:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 49+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/28/7 | Lawrence Buser
    John Ford will ask a federal judge today to delay serving his 66-month prison sentence for bribery until either after his Nashville trial is completed next year or until his ex-wife is released from jail where she is serving a drunken-driving sentence. The former state senator is scheduled to report Dec. 12 to a federal prison facility near El Paso, Texas, but he said that would create a hardship in preparing for his March 4 bribery trial in Nashville. Ford, in papers filed in federal court, also said he is the custodial parent and sole provider for his four minor...
  • {Former TN Senator, John} Ford is pushed over papers -- Dental firm chief's ex-wife seeks assets

    11/10/2007 8:29:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 79+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/10/7 | Lawrence Buser
    A Wisconsin woman who is suing the dental firm that allegedly paid John Ford kickbacks to obtain a lucrative TennCare contract is seeking more than 22,000 pages of legal documents from the former state senator. Marie Kasten, whose ex-husband was the head of Doral Dental USA, asked a Shelby County Circuit Court this week to find Ford in contempt for not turning over the documents relating to Ford's dealings with Doral. Doral won a multi-million-dollar contract to provide dental services to poor children under Tennessee's Medicaid program known as TennCare. In a six-count federal indictment in Nashville, Ford is accused...
  • Judge postpones John Ford trial to next year

    10/19/2007 12:42:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 69+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/19/7 | Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
    NASHVILLE — A federal judge today agreed to postpone the latest trial of former state Sen. John Ford until March to give his defense more time to pore over thousands of documents. Ford is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from private contractors with TennCare while using his position as a state senator to promote those contractors’ interests. The Memphis Democrat’s attorney, Isaiah Gant, said he did not have enough time to review thousands of pages of legislative history in time for the trial that had been scheduled to begin early next month. U.S. District Todd J. Campbell agreed...
  • Judge refuses to unseal John Ford wiretap records - Denies request from The Commercial Appeal

    10/16/2007 2:59:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 110+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/16/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    NASHVILLE – A federal judge today rejected this newspaper’s motion to unseal records related to an FBI wiretap placed on then-state senator John Ford’s phone in 2005. In rejecting the request by The Commercial Appeal, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell said he must balance a range of conflicting interests, including Ford’s right to a fair trial. The Memphis Democrat is set to stand trial here Nov. 6 on six public corruption charges. “There’s a whole witches’ brew of things that have to be balanced,’’ Campbell said. The judge said he also weighed the public’s right to open courts and privacy...
  • John Ford fails to block secret recordings

    10/10/2007 7:36:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 443+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/10/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    Judge rules government wiretaps in Waltz sting can be used in Nashville trial -- Former state senator John Ford lost a round Tuesday in Nashville where he's fighting federal corruption charges. A judge rejected Ford's motion to suppress wiretap evidence, giving a green light to prosecutors to use secret recordings of the Memphis Democrat's phone calls at his trial next month. U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell dismissed arguments by Ford's lawyer that the government improperly used a wiretap in its Memphis-based Tennessee Waltz sting to build a separate criminal case against Ford in Nashville. In the Waltz sting, Ford, 65,...
  • Former Ford home set for auction today {John Ford }

    10/09/2007 7:31:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 367+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/9/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    Foreclosure sale on East Memphis house now owned by his ex-wife -- Few things stir as much passion or evoke more sentimentality over the American Dream as a home. So when this two-story brick home goes on the auction block this morning, it will not only shatter one homeowner's personal dream but also deliver a wrecking ball to a Memphis political icon -- former state senator John Ford. Ford's former East Memphis home, now held exclusively by his ex-wife, is in foreclosure and is set to be sold to the highest bidder at 11 a.m. on the steps of the...
  • Harold Ford Sr. warned brother John about taking payments from TennCare contractor

    09/27/2007 2:34:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 206+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 9/27/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    NASHVILLE — Days after news broke in 2005 that then-state Sen. John Ford was taking huge payments from a state contractor, his brother warned him he could be facing criminal charges, according to wiretap evidence released today in federal court here. Former congressman Harold Ford Sr. told John Ford as federal agents listened in on a Feb. 14, 2005, phone call that once a grand jury begins looking at the payments from a TennCare contractor, “it’s all over.’’ “I mean that TennCare thing got to be the most explosive thing in the world,’’ Harold Ford told his brother. “... I...
  • Ford set to report to Texas prison Oct. 17

    09/19/2007 12:34:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 442+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 9/19/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    Former state senator John Ford, who was convicted of bribery last month, has been ordered to report Oct. 17 to the federal prison in Anthony, Texas. The order of surrender was issued this week, a month after U.S. Dist. Judge J. Daniel Breen had sentenced Ford to 66 months. With good behavior, he could get out in about four and a half years. Yet Ford, 65, a savvy Memphis Democrat who dominated the city’s legislative delegation for three decades, has one more card to play. Ford faces an Oct. 1 hearing, when he will ask to remain free while he...
  • {Convicted former TN state senator John} Ford's ex-wife held on DUI

    09/05/2007 7:50:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 740+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 9/5/7 | Cindy Wolff
    Tamara Mitchell-Ford was arrested in Collierville Tuesday night for driving under the influence and driving with a revoked license. It's the second time this year Mitchell-Ford, the ex-wife of former state senator John Ford, has been arrested in the suburb for drinking and driving. A Collierville police officer pulled Mitchell-Ford over on a routine traffic stop between 8 and 9 p.m. Tuesday on Poplar near Houston Levee, said Lt. Mike Moore. The police report wasn't completed late Tuesday so details were sketchy. Moore didn't know if a field sobriety test was conducted. A child riding with her was picked up...
  • Ford works angles on appeal - Asks taxpayers to fund costs of trial transcripts

    08/30/2007 7:49:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 287+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/30/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    A day after he was sentenced to 51/2 years in prison, former state senator John Ford and his newly appointed attorney were already working on an appeal. Ford asked a judge Wednesday to order taxpayers to finance copies of trial transcripts needed for his expected appeal -- a request that could cost $8,000 or more. The filing seeks a speedy production of the transcripts and signals that Ford will ask for a seldom-granted bond that would keep him out of prison until the appeal is resolved. "Every case is different,'' said Ford's new attorney, Robert C. Brooks, sizing up his...
  • {John} Ford departs court with 5 1/2-year jail term

    08/29/2007 7:53:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 651+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/29/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    "When I do quit, I'm going to go out on top. And I guarantee you when I leave the Senate, the Senate will not be the same and everybody in the Senate will know that.'' -- State Sen. John Ford, 1994 It didn't end quite the way John Ford had expected. The former state senator emerged from the federal courthouse Tuesday in Downtown Memphis a beaten man. Sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for taking bribes, the once-mighty Memphis Democrat appeared shaken and frail. The self-proclaimed "Man Who Makes the Deals,'' the in-your-face head of the Ford political...
  • John Ford sentenced to 66 months in prison

    08/28/2007 8:59:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,635+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/28/7 | Lawrence Buser
    Judge not convinced Ford truly believes he did anything wrong - John Ford was sentenced to 66 months in prison this morning for his April conviction of accepting $55,000 in bribes in the FBI's Tennessee Waltz public corruption investigation. U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen carefully noted his interpretation of advisory federal guidelines that suggest enhanced punishment for factors such as the amount and number of bribes, threatening witnesses, acceptance of responsibility and the fact that Ford was an elected official. The judge said he was not convinced that Ford truly believes he did anything wrong and that the...
  • Emotional Ford asks for leniency, says children need him {Harold's uncle, John}

    08/27/2007 7:41:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 685+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/27/7 | Lawrence Buser
    John Ford made an emotional plea to a federal judge for leniency this afternoon in a sentencing hearing for his bribery conviction. The hearing adjourned at 6:20 p.m. after almost four hours of arguments by attorneys and testimony from character witnesses, including state legislators, community leaders and family members. The hearing will resume tomorrow morning, when U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen will sentence Ford, a once-powerful legislator who now has thrown himself on the mercy of the court. "I talk too much," the 65-year-old Ford told the judge, gripping a podium. "That's been a problem, but it's in...
  • {Former State Senator, John} Ford a good person, deserves leniency, character witnesses say

    08/27/2007 4:15:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 461+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/27/7 | Lawrence Buser
    Character witnesses testifying on John Ford's behalf asked a federal judge this afternoon to show leniency in sentencing the former state senator. Ford, 65, who was convicted in April of taking $55,000 in bribes, faces up to 10 years in prison. His defense says the amount should be no more than a year or two. "He's a fun guy and hard working," said retired state representative Alvin King. "You could depend on John. He was the go-to person. He was an outstanding legislator. He got a lot of things passed." Turning to U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen, King...
  • Long road led to Ford's judgment

    08/27/2007 7:32:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 536+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/27/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    She knew this day would come, when her notorious ex-husband would stand before a judge and face the cold bars of prison. Convicted of bribery, former state senator John Ford could get up to 10 years in a federal penitentiary when he's sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen. Still, it comes as a shock to Tamara Mitchell-Ford, who married her mercurial husband at the height of his success. "You had a man in a position of power that abused it,'' said Mitchell-Ford. John Ford was power personified. The very name chilled backs and tightened guts in...
  • Ex-wife of Ford also wants his Rolex

    08/06/2007 7:32:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 908+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/6/7 | Jody Callahan
    First, John Ford wore the $70,000 Rolex watch, showing off the diamond-encrusted timepiece to his friends, including one undercover federal agent. Then the feds took possession of the watch and are now hoping to keep it, claiming the Rolex was an "ill-gotten gain" received through criminal activities. Now, add another person to the list of people who covet the watch. Ford's ex-wife said Sunday that she plans to sue to keep the watch, claiming her ex-husband promised the Rolex three years ago in lieu of child-support payments. "When it comes down to that watch, I want to know how somebody...
  • Government wants to keep John Ford’s diamond Rolex

    08/03/2007 12:39:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 719+ views
    MEMPHIS — Federal prosecutors are trying to keep a diamond-studded Rolex wristwatch seized from former Sen. John Ford before he was convicted of bribery in the Tennessee Waltz corruption investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court that Ford got the watch valued at $70,000 from a Memphis developer through bribery and it should be forfeited to the government. The Rolex “constitutes or is derived from proceeds of an offense constituting ’specified unlawful activity’ ... or a conspiracy to commit such an offense, specifically bribery,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher E. Cotten wrote in the...
  • This isn't ex-senator's state Capitol anymore { John Ford - TN Waltz }

    04/30/2007 10:30:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 458+ views
    Commercial Appeal via KnoxNews ^ | 4/30/7 | RICHARD LOCKER, The Commercial Appeal
    NASHVILLE - The state Capitol that John Ford left after his arrest in a nearby hotel on the morning of May 26, 2005, is a different place now than it was during his 31 years in the Senate. His former colleagues agreed that most of the changes are a direct legacy of his troubles with the law. Some lawmakers still flock to nightly receptions at area hotels put on by scores of statewide associations and packed with their members from back home anxious to meet with their representatives. Many of the 517 registered lobbyists still crowd the Capitol corridors trying...
  • Ford convicted on bribery charge; deadlocked on extortion {John Ford - TN Waltz}

    04/27/2007 2:56:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 990+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/27/7 | Trevor Aaronson
    Following a 13-day trial that included video recordings of former state Sen. John Ford receiving cash payments from an FBI undercover agent, a 12-person jury found the Memphis Democrat guilty on one count of bribery. The jury deadlocked on an extortion charge. He was acquitted of all three charges of intimidation. The bribery charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Using an FBI sham company called E-Cycle Management, which claimed to be in the business of recycling computers, undercover lawmen operating in Tennessee Waltz bribed elected officials to draft, sponsor and change legislation that benefited E-Cycle. He will be...
  • Informant says Ford bullied him { John Ford - TN Waltz }

    04/19/2007 7:38:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 608+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/19/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    Ford asked if witness was helping FBI, said he had a gun - An FBI informant testified Wednesday that John Ford threatened to shoot him if he was part of an undercover operation investigating the then-state senator's affairs. "He said, 'If I find out you're working for the FBI you gonna die right now,'' said Tim Willis, a paid informant who helped launch the FBI's Tennessee Waltz undercover sting. "I wasn't going to let him get behind me,'' Willis told the jury in Ford's federal bribery and witness intimidation trial. "I was going to stay there until he left so...
  • Ford: 'What's mine is yours' - Agent posing as ex-senator's pal was even offered girlfriend

    04/18/2007 7:43:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 1,369+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/18/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    They were fast friends. John Ford and L.C. McNeil shopped together, vacationed together and shared financial tips and news bits -- even shared girlfriends. "What's mine is yours,'' Ford told his pal when offering him a date with one of his longtime girlfriends. But Ford was duped. McNeil isn't real -- he was a character played by an undercover FBI agent investigating Ford, then a state senator, in a corruption probe. Over parts of two weeks, that agent and Ford have stared at one another -- the agent on the witness stand and the Memphis Democrat in a defendant's chair...
  • Defense focuses on mundane in Ford trial { John Ford TN Waltz trial }

    04/17/2007 10:53:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 219+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/17/7 | Trevor Aaronson
    Building an entrapment case while clearly trying to overwhelm jurors with dozens of tapes and transcripts, defense attorney Michael Scholl belabored point after point about mundane conversations in former state Sen. John Ford’s trial this morning. The taped discussions including Ford, FBI undercover agent L.C. McNeil, federal informant Tim Willis and others covered food, movies, nightclubs, hotels, shopping and traffic, among other everyday topics. Advertisement As the recorded conversations were played, few of which related even remotely to the bribery charges against Ford, many jurors took notes. Testifying for the third day today, McNeil became clearly annoyed after having to...
  • Defense counters ‘threat’ in Ford trial { John Ford - TN Waltz trial }

    04/16/2007 10:36:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 598+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/16/7 | Trevor Aaronson
    In cross examination of FBI agent L.C. McNeil, defense attorney Michael Scholl aggressively questioned the lawman this morning about a threat state Sen. John Ford allegedly made. At the time, Ford was growing concerned he was being investigated by federal authorities. During a March 10, 2005, lunch meeting at The Peabody, Ford allegedly told McNeil, who was posing as a corrupt businessman, that he might be in danger. "He continued to talk about what he would do to someone who was trying to set up him up and that he would shoot that person," McNeil said. The alleged threat was...
  • John Ford: "You're in the best hands."

    04/13/2007 12:49:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 556+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/13/7 | Cindy Wolff
    The prosecution in the John Ford bribery trial today continued to whittle through its cart stacked with dozens of audio and video surveillance tapes showing then State Sen. Ford accepting money for creating a bill that favored a shell company created by the FBI. A video showed Ford helping an undercover special agent who goes by the name L.C. McNeil count out $5,000. During the meeting, Ford takes a phone call from an official with the Memphis Grizzlies who tells the senator there are four tickets to the R. Kelly concert waiting for him at will call. Ford said he...
  • FBI agent testifies about audio recordings { John Ford on Tape }

    04/12/2007 12:29:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 593+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/12/7 | Cindy Wolff
    John Ford agreed to change a state law that would benefit E-Cycle and make the company "extremely valuable," former FBI agent Joe Carroll testified this morning. An audio recording secretly taped by Carroll at a lunch meeting with Ford on March 4, 2005. He tells Ford to disregard an earlier bill he filed for the company and focus on a later bill that included three words "out of state." "The change in the law would be so specific?that it would make our company extremely valuable," Carroll said. "We could sell it to other investors, give away stock?.People could get rich...
  • Agent describes how Ford became target

    04/11/2007 9:57:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 773+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/11/7 | Trevor Aaronson
    John Ford wasn’t expected. In spring 2004, an undercover FBI agent posing as a corrupt businessman bribed state Rep. Kathryn Bower to arrange a "leadership dinner" with elected officials in Nashville, said FBI agent Brian Burns, the first prosecution witness called this morning on the third day of the former state senator’s bribery trial. The FBI agent, going by the name L.C. McNeil, wanted to meet lawmakers who would be willing to draft and change legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly in exchange for cash payments. The federal government was investigating "systemic corruption" in state government. Acting as executives of...
  • Ford defends deals as consultant-Former lawmaker says work for TennCare contractors not violation

    12/20/2006 9:29:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 388+ views
    Nashville Tennessean | 12/20/6 | JESSICA FENDER
    {John} Ford defends deals as consultant-Former lawmaker says work for TennCare contractors not violation
  • JOHN FORD INDICTED AGAIN (Memphis, TN)

    12/18/2006 12:01:12 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 11 replies · 1,147+ views
    AP via Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 18 December 2006 | Travis Loller
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former state Sen. John Ford, already awaiting trial in a public corruption case, has been indicted on new charges over consulting deals he had with state contractors while serving in the Legislature, federal prosecutors announced Monday. Ford, a Memphis Democrat, resigned from the Legislature after he was indicted on charges of taking bribes in 2004's Tennessee Waltz undercover corruption investigation. He has pleaded not guilty in that case, and no trial date has been set. The latest charges claim that Ford was serving as a consultant to two contractors with TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program,...
  • Ford's spending under fire (Harold Jr. Uncle John)

    08/25/2006 4:56:39 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 9 replies · 789+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/25/06 | Marc Perrusquia
    John Ford says he's financially strapped, but the indicted former state senator is still living the high life, a lawyer argued Thursday. Ford applied for tags for a new, $80,000 Mercedes on the very day he filed court papers seeking a reduction in his court-ordered child support. Then, about four weeks ago, Ford bought a $40,000 BMW, said government child support attorney Joe Little. All the while, Little told a Juvenile Court judge, Ford has missed child support payments month after month and hidden bank and tax documents that detail his true income. "He has thumbed his nose at your...
  • Ford's Waltz trial postponed [Harold Ford Jr's Uncle out of spotlight during campaign]

    07/31/2006 12:36:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 353+ views
    AP ^ | 7/31/6
    MEMPHIS — John Ford’s trial in the Tennessee Waltz public corruption scandal has been postponed from campaign season until next February, his lawyer said Monday. Attorney Michael Scholl said the trial, originally scheduled for Oct. 2, has been reset for Feb. 5. Ford, a former state senator, is charged with extortion, bribery and threatening a government witness and accused of taking $55,000 in bribes. "We needed additional time to go over discovery matter," Scholl said. "We’re still going through tapes provided by the prosecutors." Scholl said the rescheduling had nothing to do with the fact that Ford’s nephew, Harold Ford...
  • [Convicted former TN Senator John] Ford allowed to remove ankle bracelet

    04/27/2006 10:39:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 397+ views
    AP ^ | 4/27/6
    MEMPHIS — Former state Sen. John Ford got a bit more freedom Thursday while awaiting trial on public corruption charges. Federal Judge Daniel Breen gave Ford permission to remove the electronic monitoring device, called an ankle bracelet, he has been wearing so authorities can keep up with where he is at all times. Prosecutor Tim DiScenza said Ford appeared to be following the court-imposed conditions of his release that generally restrict his movements to work and home. "We had no objections to him not having to be electronically monitored," DiScenza said after a brief meeting with Breen and Ford's lawyer....
  • 'Dead voter' Precinct 27-1 is no more

    03/28/2006 8:30:32 PM PST · by Sybeck1 · 24 replies · 1,326+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/28/06 | Marc Perrusquia
    The infamous North Memphis precinct where ballots were cast in the names of dead voters no longer exists. The Shelby County Election Commission has dissolved Precinct 27-1, consolidating it with an adjoining precinct. And all the 27-1 poll workers are barred from working future elections. "On its face, someone committed an illegal voting act,'' said commission Chairman Greg Duckett. "Until it's resolved ... we as a body felt it was important that no one affiliated with that ward and precinct works for the organization.'' A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe is in its fourth month following reports that someone used...