Ford complaint over Senate expulsion dismissed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by state Senator Ophelia Ford of Memphis over her expulsion from the Legislature.

Voters in Senate District 29 returned Ford to office last year -- despite that expulsion by fellow senators.

Because she's back in the Senate, her lawyers asked that her earlier complaint be dismissed, and Judge Bernice Donald granted the request.

She was elected in 2005 by 13 votes, but senators overturned the results amid complaints that improper ballots were cast, including votes by nonresidents of her district. Two votes were cast in the names of dead people.

Ford, who was not accused of election wrongdoing, complained that the Senate acted illegally.

She was elected to a full Senate term in November.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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