Experts comment on Dixon verdict

A guilty verdict for former state senator Roscoe Dixon is probably weighing heavily on the minds of four defendants still awaiting trial on Tennessee Waltz corruption charges.

Political analyst Susan Adler Thorpe says, "As long as it took the jury to come to that verdict it was a day and a half of deliberations tells an observer that the jury took its time and took each count very seriously."

Attorney Steve Farese says, "I would think today would not be a good day...if you're a defendant, you would be concerned."

But Farese, who represents city councilman Michael Hooks Senior, says the public shouldn't assume that pending trials will have the same outcome.

"No it doesn't work that way each case has its peculiar set of facts and witnesses and defendants and lawyers," continues Farese.

Kathryn Bowers attorneys share that philosophy and say they are moving forward with focus and determination.

Bowers attorney state, "Maybe there may be some points we think about in a different light we may just go just like we planned on going, each case is very different and I think that's the critical thing."

All the defendants including former senator John Ford can reverse their plea at any time. But Dixon and his attorney hope they'll stay the course.

Dixon's attorney Coleman Garrett states, "I believe that in the final analysis if everybody would stand up on their hind legs and fight back this thing can still be turned around."

Garrett hopes further testimony will support his argument that Tennessee Waltz was a racially motivated and manufactured conspiracy.