MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - State lawmakers awaiting trial in the Tennessee Waltz bribery scandal began reviewing their defense tactics Friday. They are hoping to learn from a former colleague's failures yesterday in Memphis.
Former state Senator Roscoe Dixon, the first of five indicted lawmakers to go to trial, relied heavily on an entrapment defense. He argued that government agents coerced him into taking bribes he would have rejected except for their trickery.
It didn't work, and Dixon's federal court jury found him guilty on all charges in a five-count extortion and bribery indictment.
He is scheduled for sentencing September 8th and a prison term is likely.
Still awaiting trial on corruption charges are Senator Kathryn Bowers of Memphis; Senator Ward Crutchfield of Chattanooga and former Senator John Ford of Memphis.