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Sundquist Pal John Stamps Expected to Plead Guilty

(Story created: 5/20/05)

NewsChannel 5 has learned that John Stamps -- one of former Gov. Don Sundquist's closest friends -- is prepared to plead guilty to federal criminal charges.

It would be the biggest development from our Friends in High Places investigation of insider state contracts.

Stamps is expected to plead guilty Monday afternoon, barring any last minute change of heart.

Friday, prosecutors delivered a proposed plea agreement to a federal judge -- the details of which are still under wraps.

Stamps had long been considered a "big fish" in the federal and state public corruption probe.

It comes a year after the conviction of Sundquist appointee Joanna Ediger.

During her trial, Stamps' relationship with Sundquist was a running theme.

One witness testified that Stamps bragged he was friends with the governor and could provide access to state contracts.

Stamps faces four counts of tax evasion and one count of making false statements regarding a state contract.

It's not clear which of those he'll admit.

What is clear: these pleas almost always require the defendants to testify against others in the investigation.

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