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Public Corruption Trial Underway For Former Senator John Ford

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John Ford  (John Russell/Associated Press) John Ford (John Russell/Associated Press)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After delays two weeks in a row, the public corruption trial of former state Senator John Ford is finally underway.  Jury Selection began Tuesday morning.  Ford is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from TennCare contractors to promote private companies' interests while he held elected office.

The public corruption trial of former state Sen. John Ford was delayed for a second time Monday morning. Attorneys said Ford's defense lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Isaiah Gant was admitted to a Nashville hospital.

A Memphis station reported Sunday that Gant underwent surgery Sunday after an inflamed finger didn't respond to antibiotics.

Jury selection was originally to have begun June 24, but Gant accused prosecutors of not turning over documents relating to grand jury testimony until June 20.

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