Prosecutors file motion to dismiss case against Ford, Lee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Prosecutors file motion to dismiss case against Ford, Lee

Joseph Lee, Edmund Ford Joseph Lee, Edmund Ford

Federal authorities in Memphis have decided against prosecuting the city's former utility chief and a former councilman on bribery and extortion charges.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they reviewed the charges against Joseph Lee and former councilman Edmund Ford Sr. and determined the two should not be taken to trial.

An indictment returned in July of last year alleged that Lee improperly helped then Memphis City Council member Ford settle a $16,000 utility bill in return for Ford's support of Lee's appointment as MLGW chief.

Prosecutors announced in a brief statement Tuesday that they are asking the U.S. District Court to dismiss the indictments. No details were given for that decision.

Lee was elated Tuesday upon hearing the news.

"I feel blessed and vindicated, and thank you God," he said. "Thank you God for this vindication of my integrity, and my character, which remains excellent."

Ford was acquitted in federal court last month on unrelated bribery charges.

Click here to read the motion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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