Arguments on Ford lawyer fees delayed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Arguments have been delayed on whether the state should pay more than $57,000 in attorneys' fees for lawyers representing state Senator Ophelia Ford of Memphis.

The fees are for lawyers who helped Ford hold off an attempt to remove her from the state Senate.

Federal Judge Bernice Donald filed an order delaying arguments on the request until an appeals court rules on a lawsuit Ford and five voters from Senate District 29 filed to stop an effort to void Ford's 13-vote victory in a special election for the Senate in September.

The squabbling continues over the election as a state Senate committee looks into arguments that ballots were cast by ineligible voters, including felons and people living outside District 29.

A ruling by Donald on Ford's lawsuit last month delayed a Senate vote on voiding the election.

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