Hooks enters plea in Tennessee Waltz case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hooks enters plea in Tennessee Waltz case

The chairman of the Shelby County Commission, indicted in the Tennessee Waltz corruption scandal, pleaded not guilty in Federal Court Wednesday.

Michael Hooks is accused of taking more than 24-thousand dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents. He was the latest defendant caught in the Tennessee Waltz sting.

Hooks left the federal building with his attorney saying nothing to reporters.

His attorney Steve Farese said he believes the feds have audio and video tapes of his client.

"The government certainly hoped to present compelling evidence," Farese said, "But we'll have to see what their perception is and our perception to that evidence:"

Farese made it clear Hooks would not be talking. According to the indictment, Hooks received his last payment from undercover officers in March.

Hooks is scheduled to go to trial next month. His attorney said Hooks has no plans to resign from the Shelby County Commission.

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