DIXON GUILTY ON ALL 5 COUNTS! 

Former state senator Roscoe Dixon was convicted Thursday on all five counts in his bribery and conspiracy trial in federal court.

A jury of seven whites and five blacks deliberated a day and a half before delivering the verdict Thursday afternoon. Dixon was the first Memphis defendant to go to trial in Operation Tennessee Waltz. Jurors listened to five days of testimony including several hours of secretly recorded video and audio tapes.

Speaking to reporters outside the federal building afterwards, Dixon and his attorney, Coleman Garrett reiterated the entrapment defense which jurors rejected.

Dixon will be sentenced later. He praised Garrett and said he was “glad” he decided to testify. He encouraged other defendants in Tennessee Waltz to go to trial so people can “see how the government acted." He said the government is trying to “steamroller a generation of black leadership in Memphis.”

Garrett also encouraged other defendants to fight.

“I believe in the final analysis if everyone will stand up on their hind legs and fight back, this thing can still be turned around,” he said.

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