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Dixon appears in Federal Court

Former State Senator Roscoe Dixon appeared in Federal Court Friday morning at a pretrial conference in advance of his Tennessee Waltz trial, scheduled to begin at the end of the month.

In proceedings Friday, Dixon's attorney, Coleman Garrett, objected to the judge's suggestion that jurors' names be concealed during trial.

The judge agreed to survey jurors and let them decide.

Garrett also said he will ask the judge to strike an introduction from the indictment when it is read to the jury, claiming the introduction gives prosecutors an unfair start. While he would not rule out the possibility of a last-minute plea, Garrett said his client has every intention of taking the case to trial.

"He has not equivocated one time since I have been with him, and don't anticipate that he is going to be backing down now," Coleman said outside court

Earlier this week, former Hamilton County Commissioner William Cotton was sentenced to three years in prison. He was convicted in February of charges stemming from the Tennessee Waltz scandal. Garrett said that decision will not influence what happens here.

"That's a matter we are watching very closely, but it's not going to have any direct bearing on the decision we make," he said.

A decision to face the charges in court, in a trial that prosecutors say could take two to three weeks.

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