12 Jurors Picked For John Ford Corruption; 4 Alternates Needed

Memphis (AP) -- Attorneys in Memphis this morning resumed trying to finish seating a jury for the public corruption trial of Former State Senator John Ford.

Potential alternates are being asked what they have read in newspapers or seen on TV about him.

The Memphis Democrat, once one of the most powerful members of the Tennessee Senate, is one of five current or former lawmakers charged in a statewide investigation code named Tennessee Waltz.

Federal District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen noted that news coverage of Ford's legal troubles has been extensive and said it was "something that can't be helped."

The 64-year-old Ford is accused of taking bribes from FBI agents posing as dishonest businessmen seeking legislative favors for a company called E-Cycle Management. He is charged with bribery, extortion and threatening a federal witness.

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