John Ford's corruption trial in Nashville delayed to Sept. 18

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge in Nashville today set a new trial date of September 18th for the corruption trial of former state Senator John Ford.

U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell granted a defense motion to delay the trial from May 22nd so the defense can prepare for it.

Ford, who was convicted last week of federal bribery charges in Memphis, faces unrelated federal charges in Nashville over consulting deals he had with state contractors while serving in the Legislature.

He is awaiting sentencing July 31st in the Memphis case. In the Nashville case, Ford is accused of taking more than $800,000 in consultant payments from two contractors with TennCare, the state's expanded Medicare program, while using his position as a state senator to promote those contractors' interests.

Ford was convicted last week of taking $55,000 in bribes.

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