Attorney sounds off on Bowers' court appearance

Speculation mounts over whether or not former State Senator Kathryn Bowers' will change her plea to guilty Tuesday.  She's charged with accepting more than $11,000 in bribes in the Tennessee Waltz Sting.

Bowers' attorney, William Massey, isn't saying if the former state senator plans to change her plea to guilty, but whatever decision she makes will be a turning point in her corruption case.

Attorney Steve Farese, Senior helped make a similar decision late last month.  "Attorneys give opinions, defendants make decisions," he said.  Farese is representing Michael Hooks, Senior, who pleaded guilty to accepting $24,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.

Farese says there could be benefits if Bowers changes her plea to guilty.  "If they have come to a conclusion that perhaps this in not a case that should be tried, there are benefits to entering a guilty plea, especially in the federal system," he added.

Farese says Bowers' decision could weigh heavily on how her judge interprets the law and how its guidelines should be carried out.  "Certain judges still stick to them.  They feel like they're the golden rule.  Other judges go back to the way we used to do things and take into consideration age, health and things of this nature," he commented.

Farese chose not to comment on how Bowers' recent DUI charge would influence the case, but says being under indictment can be overwhelming.  "They're under so much pressure it amazes me sometimes how they can get through," Farese said.

Either way, Farese says a guilty plea should be about the truth and not just a strategy for a better deal.

Bowers reports to Judge J. Daniel Breen's chambers 9:15 Tuesday morning.  Breen is traditionally known to run his courtroom by the letter.