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Former State Senator John Ford wants rights restored

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A former Tennessee state senator wants his right to vote back.

John Ford wants his rights restored. The former state senator, convicted in the Tennessee Waltz sting, petitioned the court to allow him to vote.

Ford served his time and wants to move on.

"I don't see any reason why his request for his voting rights be restored not to be granted," attorney Leslie Ballin said.

Ford filed a petition in circuit court asking for the restoration of his citizenship.

"He can't run for office."

That is out. Ford can never run for office again because he committed an offense, bribery, while in serving as a Tennessee senator. 

But Ballin, who is not Ford's attorney, said under the state statute Ford's crimes should not prohibit him getting his voting rights restored.

"That flies in the face of what the statute says that the offense he was convicted of does not disqualify him from having his voting rights restored. I don't get it," Ballin said.

In 2007, Ford was convicted in Memphis for  $55,000 in bribes.  He was sentenced to 66 months behind bars.  The state said Ford's rights should not be restored because of the nature of his conviction.

Leslie Ballin thinks there is another reason.

"Sounds like its because its John Ford to me."

John Ford said he had no comment. A circuit court judge will decide if Ford gets his rights back.

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