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:"