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Government says Dixon lawyer may have conflict

Federal prosecutors in Memphis are asking for a court hearing on whether former state Senator Roscoe Dixon must find a new lawyer to defend him on public corruption charges.

The move could delay Dixon's January 17th trial on charges of extortion and bribery in the FBI's Tennessee Waltz investigation.

In a filing prosecutors said defense lawyer Walter Bailey has a possible conflict of interest because a member of his law firm has represented an expected witness against Dixon.  The motion follows an Action News 5 story last week.

The witness, Tim Willis, was a paid government informant in the investigation that led to criminal charges against five current or former state lawmakers, two county commissioners and two "bag men."

Bailey's son, Javier Bailey, represented Willis in an unrelated child support dispute while he was working for the FBI.  Willis, paid more than $70,000 by the FBI, never reported that income in the child support case.

Javier Baily would not discuss details of that case, but confirmed Willis never told him about his involvement with the FBI.

Roscoe Dixon is the first of six Tennessee Waltz defendants expected to go to trial. Three have already pleaded guilty.

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