Former Sen. Ford ordered to begin prison term within 60 days

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge in Memphis has given former state Sen. John Ford 60 days to report to prison to begin serving his 5 1/2-year sentence for bribery.

Judge J. Daniel Breen rejected Ford's arguments that he has no one to care for his young children and that he should remain free while he appeals the conviction.

Ford also faces federal corruption charges in Nashville that are unrelated to his bribery conviction. That trial is set for June.

Ford has four children, ages 2 to 15, with his ex-wife Tamara Mitchell-Ford, who is serving a nearly yearlong sentence on a drunken-driving conviction.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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