Skip to comments.[Convicted former TN Senator John] Ford allowed to remove ankle bracelet
Posted on 04/27/2006 10:39:42 AM PDT by SmithL
MEMPHIS Former state Sen. John Ford got a bit more freedom Thursday while awaiting trial on public corruption charges.
Federal Judge Daniel Breen gave Ford permission to remove the electronic monitoring device, called an ankle bracelet, he has been wearing so authorities can keep up with where he is at all times.
Prosecutor Tim DiScenza said Ford appeared to be following the court-imposed conditions of his release that generally restrict his movements to work and home.
"We had no objections to him not having to be electronically monitored," DiScenza said after a brief meeting with Breen and Ford's lawyer.
Ford is allowed to leave home only for work and church, to care for his children and for meetings with his lawyer.
The lawyers also told Breen they are on track for a trial to begin Oct. 2.
He is one of five current or former state lawmakers accused of taking bribes from FBI agents posing as representatives of a company, E-Cycle Management, seeking legislative favors while setting up a business to buy and sell used government computers.
Ford is charged with bribery, extortion and threatening a government witness. He resigned from the Senate in May shortly after his indictment.
Crime pays I guess.
guess he's a democrat since the AP didn't mention his party
OK, now he's free to deliver any bribes or hide any ill-gotten gains that he's been prevented from handling previously.
Surprising they didn't smack him for all the violations while he had the ankle bracelet on. He was spotted in a fair number of locations not on the allowed list.
ROTFLMCO.......now that's funny.
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