Crutchfield expected to change plea in Tennessee Waltz case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Crutchfield expected to change plea in Tennessee Waltz case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Senator Ward Crutchfield is expected to change his plea today in his federal corruption case.

It's not clear what the Chattanooga Democrat's new plea will be. Neither his attorney, nor a spokeswoman for prosecutors returned calls to The Associated Press this morning.

A hearing is set for this afternoon for Crutchfield to change his plea.

The 78-year-old lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to charges of accepting bribes to help a company called E-Cycle Management change Tennessee law for a business advantage.

The company turned out to be a front for undercover FBI agents. Crutchfield was one of five lawmakers charged in the FBI's Tennessee Waltz case.

He is currently scheduled to go to trial Monday.

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