Tuesday, January 16, 2007

January 16, 2007 Sen. Jerry Cooper Wants a Dismissal

State Sen. Jerry Cooper wants the conspiracy, mail fraud, and bank fraud case against him dismissed.

Cooper, who has been trying to get his case postponed until after the legislature adjourns, now wants the charges dismissed.

His attorney is seeking evidence that he claims may show prosecutorial misconduct and "coaching" of grand jury witnesses.

Part of the case against Cooper is based on a loan from former State Speaker of the Senate/Lt. Governor John Wilder's bank.

Recently, Cooper (D) made the news as he urged Wilder (D) to withdraw from the Senate Speaker/Lt. Governor race. Wilder, 85, refused.

Cooper voted for Wilder, but Wilder lost to Sen. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).

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