Judge rejects claim of racial bias in Tennessee Waltz charges

A federal judge in Memphis Thursday rejected a claim that black lawmakers were targeted for prosecution in the Tennessee Waltz investigation.

Judge Jon Mc-Calla turned back a petition to dismiss the bribery and extortion charges against former Senator Roscoe Dixon of Memphis or to delay his trial set for May 30th.

In that petition, Dixon claimed he is the victim of selective prosecution because he is black.

He argued that federal agents pretending to be businessmen looking for legislative favors offered bribes to black lawmakers but not white members of the state Legislature.

However the judge said this argument was based on speculation.

Eight of the ten defendants indicted so far in the investigation are black.