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Reported by Kontji Anthony

Feds quiet following loss in Ford case

Former City Councilman Edmund Ford had a lot to say after his acquittal in his federal corruption trial.  But there is one group who is not talking about yesterday's outcome - the prosecutors.

For years, crooks across West Tennessee have feared the feds would knock on their door.

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office had an undefeated record, taking down bad cops and corrupt politicians, until the Edmund Ford case.

Each time the bad guys went down, the U.S. Attorney's Office set up a podium and held a press conference with much fanfare.

"Law enforcement in West Tennessee will aggressively pursue government officials who violate the public trust," U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said after one trial.

Wednesday, there was silence at the federal building in Memphis.
All the post-trial press conferences, from Tennessee Waltz to Operation Main Street Sweeper happened inside the doors at federal court.  But right after the jury found Edmund Ford not guilty on all six counts of bribery and extortion, the prosecution left the courtroom.

No one has heard from them since.  Wednesday, the only reaction offered by the U.S. Attorney's office was, "No comment."

The feds have one more major corruption trial on the horizon and have always said there could be more to come.

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