Federal prosecutors will not re-try former State Senator John Ford for extortion related to the Tennessee Waltz sting, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney's office late today. A jury was unable to reach agreement on this charge during Ford's trial last week.
Ford was found guilty of bribery and not guilty on three counts of witness intimidation. The jury was deadlocked on the extortion charge.
Ford is still awaiting trial on unrelated charges of federal wire fraud in Tennessee's middle district.
The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office:
Statement Regarding the Decision to Dismiss Count One of the
Indictment Charging John Ford with Extortion