Attorney comments on Hooks indictment

Action News 5 was waiting as Michael Hooks Junior walked out of federal court Wednesday afternoon.

The former Memphis city school board member did not have much to say.

Hooks finally got into a Cadillac driven by his father, Michael Hooks Sr.

Father and son share more than a name. Both have been indicted in Operation: Tennessee Waltz.

Hooks Jr. is charged with helping embezzle more than $60, 000 from the Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk's Office in 2001, and then lying about it to the FBI.

"The government has its way of doing things and I'm sure they have their reasons and we'll figure that out as we get into it," Hooks attorney Randy Pierce told us.

Hooks Jr. was handcuffed when he entered the courtroom for his initial hearing. He was ushered in alongside other defendants. The hearing lasted no more than 20 minutes.

"I'm sure he's disappointed he's faced with this ordeal," said Pierce.

Pierce later urged the media to back off.

"And I would ask, in his behalf, that everybody respect that," he said.

He claims the Hooks family needs its privacy as it deals with not one, but two corruption cases.

Michael Hooks Jr. was released on his own recognizance, meaning no bond was needed. His arraignment is set for next Wednesday morning.