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{John} Ford asking to put off going to prison
Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/28/7 | Lawrence Buser

Posted on 11/28/2007 12:49:58 PM PST by SmithL

John Ford will ask a federal judge today to delay serving his 66-month prison sentence for bribery until either after his Nashville trial is completed next year or until his ex-wife is released from jail where she is serving a drunken-driving sentence.

The former state senator is scheduled to report Dec. 12 to a federal prison facility near El Paso, Texas, but he said that would create a hardship in preparing for his March 4 bribery trial in Nashville.

Ford, in papers filed in federal court, also said he is the custodial parent and sole provider for his four minor children - ages 2 to 15 - while his ex-wife, Tamara Mitchell-Ford, is serving a drunken-driving jail sentence of 11 months and 29 days.

He said incarceration now would leave the children without a custodial parent, Ford said.

“It would be unreasonably harsh and completely unnecessary to inflict such a fate on these children under the circumstances,” his court-appointed attorney Robert Brooks argued in a motion. “The defendant poses no danger to any person were he to remain on bond until the completion of his trial in Nashville or until the mother of his children is free, nor is he a flight risk.”

Federal prosecutors are asking Judge J. Daniel Breen to order Ford to go into custody as scheduled, arguing that he could be transferred to a federal facility in Nashville to prepare for his trial there.

In a six-count federal indictment in Nashville, Ford is accused of concealing $400,000 he received from Doral between 2002 and 2005 and another $400,000 from a second TennCare contractor, OmniCare Health Plan. He also is charged with wire fraud.

(Excerpt) Read more at commercialappeal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: corruptfamily; cultureofcorruption; ford; johnford; memphis; tnwaltz

1 posted on 11/28/2007 12:50:01 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
“It would be unreasonably harsh and completely unnecessary to inflict such a fate on these children under the circumstances,” his court-appointed attorney Robert Brooks argued in a motion.

It would be a worse fate to place the children in the hands of their felonious, unfit parents - one of whom is in the habit of driving around drunk.

2 posted on 11/28/2007 12:53:38 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: SmithL

Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.......


3 posted on 11/28/2007 12:55:31 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: SmithL

“He said incarceration now would leave the children without a custodial parent, Ford said.”

The real quandry here is what’s in the childrens’ best interests?


4 posted on 11/28/2007 12:56:13 PM PST by Spok
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To: SmithL

why should he get special treatment?


5 posted on 11/28/2007 12:56:24 PM PST by sure_fine ( " not one to over kill the thought process " )
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To: SmithL

As corrupt as Ford is, this is not an unreasonable request, unless there are grandparents or other close family members who could look after the children.


6 posted on 11/28/2007 12:59:09 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SmithL
Funny, I didn’t see any mention of his party affiliation in the story.

Five seconds on Google confirms he’s a Democrat.

I know, big shocker there. /sarc.

7 posted on 11/28/2007 12:59:12 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: wideawake

Can’t the kids live with one of his other baby-momma’s? Seriously, even if he is actually being a “custodial parent”, Memphis is full of Fords that could take them.


8 posted on 11/28/2007 12:59:37 PM PST by jdub
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To: jdub

The family that fails together, jails together.


9 posted on 11/28/2007 1:02:59 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Spok
Not a quandary to those of us who live in Ford’s area.

These children should be removed as far away from these two moonbats as possible.

It is a wonder that they have not already been killed in a auto wreck before now.

10 posted on 11/28/2007 1:04:24 PM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: SeaHawkFan

Their mother beat up her father. John’s parents are dead.

These kids need to be placed with people other than a Ford, so that they will have some chance in life.


11 posted on 11/28/2007 1:05:48 PM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: Coldwater Creek
These kids need to be placed with people other than a Ford, so that they will have some chance in life.

Unfortunately for the children, they will likely spend the next year in foster care before being returned to their alcoholic mother.

12 posted on 11/28/2007 1:09:02 PM PST by LWalk18
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To: Coldwater Creek

That being the case, it may be the best thing for the children, as much as I dislike to say it, is to grant the motion.


13 posted on 11/28/2007 1:09:02 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: MAexile
The Commercial Appeal knows that folks in Memphis don't need to be reminded which party is run by the Ford family.
14 posted on 11/28/2007 1:12:55 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SeaHawkFan
That being the case, it may be the best thing for the children, as much as I dislike to say it, is to grant the motion.

Not a good idea in this case.

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15 posted on 11/28/2007 1:30:34 PM PST by elli1
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To: SmithL
I little off subject, but has anybody noticed how desperate the The Commercial Appeal is to sell newspapers? However they may not be desperate enough, because the staff keeps keep writing that same old crap.
16 posted on 11/28/2007 1:57:51 PM PST by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: SmithL
“It would be unreasonably harsh and completely unnecessary to inflict such a fate on these children under the circumstances,”

What a great excuse! Maybe he can do more crimes using this. ta like the Menedez brothers. Can't sentence them for murdering their parents because they are orphans!

17 posted on 11/28/2007 2:02:55 PM PST by Bommer ("He that controls the spice controls the universe!" (unfortunately that spice is Nutmeg!)
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To: SeaHawkFan; Spok
To allow a convicted felon to remain free, so he/she can serve as a parent/babysitter is a perversion of the "justice system".

So it seems as though you think I could go on a crime spree & never step inside the slammer, if I were a single parent?

By the way, this IS a conservative forum, perhaps you missed the sign on the door.

18 posted on 11/28/2007 2:23:09 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: diogenes ghost

He’s going to Jail; soon enough. There was also the Enron case where the husband and wife were convicted. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison and the court agree to allow him to start his sentence when she got out so one of them could be with their young children.


19 posted on 11/28/2007 2:44:16 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan
As corrupt as Ford is, this is not an unreasonable request, unless there are grandparents or other close family members who could look after the children.

What makes is an unreasonable request is how corrupt Ford is, and the fact that his wife isn't free to watch the kids because she is in jail. They don't throw you in jail for a first time DUI offense. She pretty much has to be a habitual offender and he is a felon.

They should have a family court hearing regarding this, but the first question they should be asking is should the kids be placed in foster care until the parents demonstrate that they are shaping up and acting like fit parents?

20 posted on 11/28/2007 2:48:05 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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Judge gives Ford reprieve till Feb. 27


21 posted on 11/28/2007 8:04:31 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Ping to Post 14.


22 posted on 11/28/2007 9:27:53 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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