Politicians use their position to "gain favor"; that is why we call it politics. Exactly how EXPLICIT OR IMPLICIT the exchange favor determines whether or not you are indeed breaking the law. If I say, "hey, let's go get a cup of coffee so we can talk about xyz that you are voting on", and you say "ok", does cup of coffee constitute a bribe if you vote yes? Not likely, because the favor is only implied, or IMPLICITLY declared. Now, I say, "hey, I'll buy you a cup of coffee under the condition that you vote on yes on xyz...." and you say, "ok", the favor is EXPLICITLY declared, and quite illegal. Now, does the fact that this is $8,500 we are talking about and NOT a cup of coffee make it any different? It shouldn't, because the concept is still the same.
The jury ain't the morons here, the prosecution is... The feds never had the quid pro quo on him, and apparently could not get it. I strongly agree with Mike Scholl, Ford's attorney who said that the case should have never have gone to trial in the first place. It really pisses me off to see prosecutors impart their version justice by bringing cases when they know damn well that they don't have the necessary proof to convict.
Now that I think about it, B, it was the Stanford Championships with all of the grumpy old guys :).
I remember reading last year that the players were vocally complaining that it was basically a "drag" playing here in Memphis, because the fans didn't showing up. I am a huge Tennis supporter, and the Tournament has been on my Memphis Dead Pool for a long time.
A man that is ambivalent on unity should be treated with ambivalence on consolidation. He in some twisted way wants to ensure he is the first and last on what ever weirdness is swimming around in his head. I hope the new elected City council lame-ducks his ass, and locks up government until we can get an elected leader with Dignity, Integrity, and Ability that does preach "together".
Now, somebody tell me why the City Council did not make a bid to purchase Netwrox away from the utility? This would have provided the city access to the books, then the city could decide whether to put lipstick and a dress on Networx, and resell it at a profit (profit-loss), or to roll it back into MLGW as a branch of service. I believe with all my heart that Herman Moris did the right thing in 1999 and that now in 2007 the wrong thing is being done. You just cannot miss making money in Internet services, (I don't even call it telecom anymore). Zayo and it's investors are going to just simply make a killing of of the stupidity of what has gone down.
Promising to "work with mayor Herenton any way I can"
You have to be kidding, who will work with that?
I saw only one true concession, and that was by a man of Dignity. Integrity. Ability.
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