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John Ford sentenced to 66 months in prison
Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/28/7 | Lawrence Buser

Posted on 08/28/2007 8:59:59 AM PDT by SmithL

Judge not convinced Ford truly believes he did anything wrong -

John Ford was sentenced to 66 months in prison this morning for his April conviction of accepting $55,000 in bribes in the FBI's Tennessee Waltz public corruption investigation.

U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen carefully noted his interpretation of advisory federal guidelines that suggest enhanced punishment for factors such as the amount and number of bribes, threatening witnesses, acceptance of responsibility and the fact that Ford was an elected official.

The judge said he was not convinced that Ford truly believes he did anything wrong and that the sentence must be a deterrence to others.

"The court is not convinced that a reduction for acceptance of responsibility is warranted in this case," Breen said. "This trial reflects a person of greed and avarice, but at the same time a man with the ability to help others. This is the tragic dichotomy of this case.

"The sentence, therefore, should reflect the serious nature of this offense."

Ford, 65, was one of 12 lawmakers or aides charged in the sweeping statewide investigation, 11 of whom have pleaded guilty or been convicted in trial.

Earlier this morning defense attorney Michael Scholl criticized the media and the government for "the persecution of John Ford" over the years.

"What I have seen is John Ford singled out in all of this," Scholl told the judge, noting that other legislators have been convicted and faced lighter sentencing. "John Ford could have gone out and robbed and shot somebody and he would be facing less time than he is now. What I want to emphasize here is all the good that John Ford has done. We can't just wipe out 30 years in the legislature."

Witnesses have testified that the county has suffered in money it gets from the legislature because Ford is no longer there, Scholl added.

He also issued a plea for the judge to consider Ford's support responsibilities for seven of his 12 children.

"John Ford has suffered for two years," Scholl said. "They have taken everything he has. One of the things I've seen in this case is the awesome power of the government."

Federal prosecutor Lorraine Craig said Scholl's comments reflect the problems that the government has with Ford.

"He has been persecuted? He has suffered?" she said. "Is it a surprise that his family and friends did not see the side that we saw on those (undercover) tapes? This was Mr. Ford, the man who makes the deals. The man who goes first class. That's the Mr. Ford we saw."

She said Ford accepts no responsibility for his offense.

"The only thing he says he did wrong was that he trusted too much," Craig told the judge. "No one persecuted Mr. Ford. He is here in this courtroom because of his own criminal conduct."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: bribery; caseofthemissingd; corruptfamily; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; johnford; memphis; tnwaltz
The article doesn't mention that all of the Memphis Fords are Democrats, and Harold Ford, Jr. is John's nephew.
1 posted on 08/28/2007 9:00:02 AM PDT by SmithL
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Breen, J. Daniel
Born 1950 in Jackson, TN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Nominated by George W. Bush on January 7, 2003, to a seat vacated by Julia Smith Gibbons; Confirmed by the Senate on March 13, 2003, and received commission on March 14, 2003.

U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 1991-2003

Education:
Spring Hill College, B.A., 1972

University of Tennessee, J.D., 1975

Professional Career:
Private practice, Jackson, Tennessee, 1975-1991

Race or Ethnicity: White

Gender: Male

2 posted on 08/28/2007 9:01:13 AM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

Hmm, no D anywhere.


3 posted on 08/28/2007 9:03:55 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: SmithL

Justice!


4 posted on 08/28/2007 9:04:51 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: bicyclerepair

“Hmm, no D anywhere.”

Yup. First indication this dude is a D is the lack of one in the title. Typical.


5 posted on 08/28/2007 9:06:10 AM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: GailA; mariabush; Tennessee Nana; river rat; eyedigress; gov_bean_ counter; EGPWS

I never thought a Memphis Ford would do time. I’m pleased to have been wrong.


6 posted on 08/28/2007 9:07:22 AM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

Bill and Hillary Clinton don’t think they did anything wrong either.

It isn’t a lie if YOU believe it. - George Constanza < /seinfeld >


7 posted on 08/28/2007 9:08:27 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SmithL

Bwaaahaaahaaa, the poor man is a “victim” of his own sweet trusting nature!!


8 posted on 08/28/2007 9:08:27 AM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: SmithL

This is the day I’ve been waiting for. 5 and a half years. GREAT! I hope this sentence means that he doesn’t get out early for good behavior or anything else. Now, it’s onto Nashville for that trial. If found guilty there, I hope that whatever sentence he gets is NOT run concurrently with this one. I want them to be consecutive. He’ll be 70 when this sentence is over. Assuming he gets at least the same in Nashville, he’ll be 75 or 76 when he walks out of prison. Too bad, so sad. You make your bed, go sleep in it. Trade in the Italian three-pieces for standard dull prison kit. You’ve earned it.


9 posted on 08/28/2007 9:08:35 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: SmithL

“I never thought a Memphis Ford would do time” ........ He’ll be out on the street within 9 months.


10 posted on 08/28/2007 9:09:13 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: SmithL

His brother Emmett did time in federal a couple of decades ago.


11 posted on 08/28/2007 9:10:06 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: SmithL

My husband and I had that discussion last night. We lived in Memphis 1976-1986. My hubby thought that Ford would get out from serving any time — but I told him that I thought that time had passed, and I thought he would get jail time.

Pleasantly surprised that things have changed and justice prevailed.


12 posted on 08/28/2007 9:10:23 AM PDT by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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To: SmithL
"The only thing he says he did wrong was that he trusted too much,"

Yeah. Trusted that his name, plus the fact that Dems have usually gotten away with taking bribes, would get him no punishment.

13 posted on 08/28/2007 9:10:32 AM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: OrangeDaisy; AlexW; fieldmarshaldj; Bon mots; Sybeck1

Do you think this will drive his sister, Ophelia Ford to drink?


14 posted on 08/28/2007 9:12:43 AM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/JohnFord.jpg";


15 posted on 08/28/2007 9:16:11 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: SmithL; All

“I didn’t know what I was doing.”

16 posted on 08/28/2007 9:17:14 AM PDT by dighton
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To: SmithL

Jeez...another Ford has crashed and burned....and this ain’t even NASCAR! Could not have happened to a better crook.


17 posted on 08/28/2007 9:41:06 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: SmithL
This CROOK was a DEMOCRAT? How is this possible? I thought Republicans had cornered the market in corruption!
18 posted on 08/28/2007 9:41:08 AM PDT by mort56
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To: SmithL

is “66 months” supposed to sound better or faster than 5.5 years?


19 posted on 08/28/2007 9:42:09 AM PDT by isom35
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To: Southack

Much better than I expected. I feared he’d get probation.


20 posted on 08/28/2007 9:56:46 AM PDT by thelastvirgil (Lest ye put all your faith in the government to provide for you, check their track record.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

According to the radio this was Federal and he is required to do at least 85% of the time which comes to 4.68 years.


21 posted on 08/28/2007 9:56:57 AM PDT by Married with Children
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To: NCC-1701

There is no parole in the federal corrections system. I believe inmates have to do 80 percent of their sentence in prison and then go to a halfway house to serve the remainder.


22 posted on 08/28/2007 9:58:07 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Married with Children

Correct. I just looked it up and it is 85 percent.


23 posted on 08/28/2007 10:00:40 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Could you send my wife an e-mail confirming that I DO pay attention sometimes.


24 posted on 08/28/2007 10:06:03 AM PDT by Married with Children
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To: SmithL
*SMACK TO FOREHEAD*

WOW!...A DemocRATe, was indicted, prosecuted AND is going to (Country Club?) prison and UofKy Football; went to a bowl game, last season.

In the Age Of Klinton, too.....wonders never cease.

25 posted on 08/28/2007 10:49:40 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....run, Fred, run. :^)
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To: SmithL

I am shocked.


26 posted on 08/28/2007 11:27:31 AM PDT by cpanter (FDT for President.)
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To: SmithL

He still has the Nashville trial to go through.


27 posted on 08/28/2007 11:32:46 AM PDT by GailA (I'm proud to admit I'm a quilt-aholic....Run Fred Run!)
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To: NCC-1701

This is a federal prison/sentence he will serve 85%...there technically is no ‘good behavior’ credits to earn...he gets them on the front end....15% off his time.


28 posted on 08/28/2007 11:34:26 AM PDT by GailA (I'm proud to admit I'm a quilt-aholic....Run Fred Run!)
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To: SmithL

Meanwhile, his nephew Harold is still pontificating on TV.


29 posted on 08/28/2007 11:38:28 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SmithL

Well, for that matter, it doesn’t mention that he isn’t a 113-year-old movie director, either.


30 posted on 08/28/2007 11:38:40 AM PDT by dangus
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To: SmithL
....What I have seen is John Ford singled out in all of this......

It was in fact discrimination. The law discriminates between those who obey the law and those who choose to ignore it. The Fords of Memphis, a political dynasty of Blacks, consistently choose to ignore the law.

31 posted on 08/28/2007 11:39:25 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Hillary's color is yellow.....how appropriate)
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To: SmithL
John Ford sentenced to 66 months in prison

Damn. I really enjoyed his westerns, too. Especially the ones with John Wayne.

32 posted on 08/28/2007 11:40:16 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: GailA

Yes he does. And if he is found guilty there, I hope the two sentences run consecutively rather than concurrent to each other. John Ford can rot in prison as far as I’m concerned.


33 posted on 08/28/2007 11:43:09 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: SmithL
Witnesses have testified that the county has suffered in money it gets from the legislature because Ford is no longer there, Scholl added.

giggle!

34 posted on 08/28/2007 11:43:55 AM PDT by listenhillary (millions crippled by the war on poverty....but we won't pull out)
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To: SmithL

Did he ever account for the 800,000 or is that still pending?


35 posted on 08/28/2007 12:54:56 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: isom35

Sentencing is nearly always recorded in months. Usaually translated to years by the media.


36 posted on 08/28/2007 12:56:55 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: SmithL

U.S. attorney calls Ford sentence appropriate

By Lawrence Buser
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

U.S. Atty. David Kustoff said this morning the sentencing of former state senator John Ford to 5½ years in prison for taking bribes “sends a strong statement” to others in public office.

“The sentence imposed is both fair and reasonable,” Kustoff said in a press conference in the federal building. “The term appropriately holds John Ford accountable for violating the public trust. ... Nobody wants to see their public officials on the take.”

Ford, 65, was sentenced earlier this morning by U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen who said he considered deterrence and the nature of the offense, among other factors.

FBI Special Agent in Charge My Harrison praised agents Brian Burns and Mark Jackson for their work in the agency’s undercover operation, dubbed Tennessee Waltz, that has resulted in 11 convictions so far without a loss.

She said Ford’s sentence was appropriate.

“The jury has spoken and the judge has spoken,” Harrison said. “The sentence is fair.”

She and Kustoff said the FBI investigations, including Tennessee Waltz and Main Street Sweeper, are ongoing.

The FBI chief added: “We will continue our investigation. It doesn’t stop here.”

Federal prosecutor Tim DiScenza said secret audio and video tape recordings used to document the bribes being passed made a difficult case possible and believable for the juries.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2007/aug/28/us-attorney-calls-ford-sentence-appropriate/

37 posted on 08/28/2007 2:00:55 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: eyedigress

I`d forgot about that little matter of takeing that $800,000 of Tn Care money,but he`s still got that trial
comeing up.

Elated to see that Judge sock it to Ford today,justice
has been long in comeing to this embarresment to Tn. over the years.

It had to be the Feds,Tn would never have done this sting,too afraid of that Memphis crowd. imho


38 posted on 08/28/2007 2:04:07 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: 31M20RedDevil
Actually Ford was protected by that Memphis crowd, he always managed to be tried in his own district. It was his in his favor to do so. You give him a trial in Nashville or especially Knoxville and he would have gotten slammed.

It wasn't a matter of the state fearing Ford, but completely the opposite, it was a matter of Ford fearing the rest of the state.
39 posted on 08/28/2007 2:18:30 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Married with Children

Dear Mrs. Married with Children:

Your husband listens well and has excellent recall.

Brad


40 posted on 08/28/2007 2:19:49 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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