At his Tennessee Waltz sentencing hearing today, the once-proud and always boastful former Tennessee State Senator John Ford wiped a tear away as he said of himself, "I talk too much."
At trial, FBI audio and videotapes showed Ford talking too much and peddling his influence to the highest bidder. The tapes told the story, and Ford was convicted of bribery.
At today's sentencing hearing, Ford's attorney paraded numerous character witnesses to the stand to tell what a wonderful person Ford really is.
And, of course, the judge is being told how much "good" Ford did in the legislature. Sure, he did lots of good---for the highest briber. Oops, I mean bidder.
Now Ford--who knew all along that the charges were true and that he had taken bribes--has seen the light and is begging for mercy.
Despite knowing all along that the charges were true, he was never sorry or begging for mercy before the trial started.
Despite knowing all along that the charges were true, he was never sorry or begging for mercy before the audio and videotapes started to play.
Ford's pleas for mercy and acceptance of responsibility might seem almost genuine if they hadn't come only AFTER he was convicted.