Judge Cuts John Ford's Payments, but Threatens To Jail Him

Memphis (AP) -- A juvenile court judge in Memphis has approved a 40% reduction in former State Senator John Ford's child support payments.

But court referee Harold Horne ordered Ford to jail for contempt because he's nearly $4,600 behind in support payments. At the defense's request, Horne gave Ford until noon Friday to make the payment and avoid being jailed.

Defense attorney Edward Bearman told the court earlier this week his client's income has fallen sharply because of reduced income and increased expenses to defend himself in the Tennessee Waltz public corruption probe.

The case involves support for an 11-year-old girl Ford fathered. She and her mother now live in North Carolina.

Court records show John Ford had fallen $50,000 behind on his support for the girl.

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