Skip to comments.Lawyer: Tenn. Lobbyist to Admit Payoffs
Posted on 08/10/2005 10:10:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A lobbyist plans to plead guilty to seeking bribes for Tennessee lawmakers caught up in a federal sting operation, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Charles Love is charged with passing along payoffs from undercover FBI agents to Democratic state Sen. Ward Crutchfield and Republican state Rep. Chris Newton during the investigation code-named "Tennessee Waltz."
Barry Myers, a political operative, already has pleaded guilty to handling similar payoffs for Sen. Kathryn Bowers and former Sen. Roscoe Dixon, both Democrats.
Former Sen. John Ford, a Democrat, also is charged in the bribery and extortion scandal and is accused of threatening a government witness.
The five current or former lawmakers have pleaded innocent.
Defense lawyer Bryan Hoss said Love has decided to change his plea from innocent to guilty. He declined to say if he expects Love to testify against the others.
"At this time, there's no deal or plea agreement in place," Hoss said.
William Farmer, an attorney for Crutchfield, said the plea change "does not change our trial strategy. We're going to continue to press on."
Myers pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to two conspiracy charges. Nine other criminal charges against him were dismissed. He also has refused to say if he expects to testify for the government.
The charges to which Myers pleaded carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison each and fines of $250,000, though a much lighter sentence is likely.
The two-year investigation focused on a bogus company created by the FBI that looked like it was trying to set up business in Tennessee buying and reselling used government computers.
Associated Press writer Rose French in Nashville contributed to this story.
I still want to know who is named in the still sealed indictments that I keep hearing about. It this is true, you have to know there are some nervous folk in Nashville.
Will this be another case of somebody being guilty of recieving bribes everybody else is innocent of paying?
2 down, 5 to go, maybe 5.
According to Fleming the other day, Sen Jeff Miller (R) still hasn't returned the $1,000 he got as a campaign contribution from Ecycle...he's considering which charity he's going to give it to. Since it's technically Gov't money, it should be returned to the gov't as it's not his to give to a charity.