John Ford's corruption trial reset for February

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - John Ford's trial in the Tennessee Waltz public corruption scandal has been postponed from campaign season until next February, his lawyer said Monday.

Attorney Michael Scholl said the trial, originally scheduled for Oct. 2, has been reset for Feb. 5. Ford, a former state senator, is charged with extortion, bribery and threatening a government witness and accused of taking $55,000 in bribes.

"We needed additional time to go over discovery matter," Scholl said. "We're still going through tapes provided by the prosecutors."

Scholl said the rescheduling had nothing to do with the fact that Ford's nephew, Harold Ford Jr., is running for the U.S. Senate.

The original trial date would have put the matter in court during the final weeks before the Nov. 7 election.

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