Judge Reschedules Tennessee Waltz Trial

Memphis (AP) -- A federal judge in Memphis this morning moved back the trial of former State Senator John Ford.

The former lawmaker's public corruption trial is now scheduled to begin April ninth. It had been set to begin the fifth of next month.

Ford's attorney, Michael Scholl, says he must sift through more than 5,000 FBI recordings, not all of which have anything to do with the case against Ford. Scholl described the process as like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Ford is one of five current or former state lawmakers accused of accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents, posing as lobbyists for a computer recycling company trying to get state business.

Ford is accused of taking $55,000 in bribes from federal agents posing as representatives of E-Cycle Management. He was a senator for more than 30 years, but resigned shortly after his indictment.

Two of the legislators' trials have brought convictions and two others are yet to come.

In moving back Ford's trial Thursday, Judge J. Daniel Breen also rescheduled the trial of former Senator Kathryn Bowers to September 10th.

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