First trial in Tennessee Waltz investigation may be delayed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

First trial in Tennessee Waltz investigation may be delayed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The timing for the first scheduled trial in the Tennessee Waltz investigation remains in doubt today. Former state Senator Roscoe Dixon is scheduled for trial January 17th but legal arguments have surfaced over a possible conflict of interest for his lawyer.

US District Judge Jon McCalla held a hearing in Memphis this morning to discuss whether Dixon should be required to get a new attorney, which would delay the trial.

McCalla did not make a decision and scheduled another hearing Tuesday.

Dixon is one of five current or former state lawmakers indicted in the Tennessee Waltz investigation, which charges lawmakers of taking bribes to influence legislation.

At issue is whether defense lawyer Walter Bailey has a conflict because of other legal work performed by his son and law partner, Javier Bailey.

Javier Bailey once represented a government informant in the investigation on an unrelated legal matter.

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