Judge postpones Ford trial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Judge postpones Ford trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge in Nashville agreed Friday to postpone the latest trial of former state Senator John Ford.

Ford is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from private contractors with TennCare while using his position as a state senator to promote those contractors' interests.

The Memphis Democrat's attorney says he did not have enough time to review thousands of pages of legislative history in time for trial that had been scheduled for next month.

The judge agreed to set the new trial for March 4th, with the understanding that Ford's attorney won't ask for another extension.

The judge also noted that Ford is scheduled to report to prison in Texas in December on his conviction in a separate case, which could make logistics for the current trial more difficult.

Ford was convicted in April of taking $55,000 in bribes during the Tennessee Waltz investigation. He is to begin a 5 1/2-year prison sentence in December.

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