Hooks Cops Guilty Plea, Bowers Takes Longer to Decide 

Wearing a gray pin-striped suit, a businesslike striped tie, and – ultimately – a look of anguish, Michael Hooks Sr., whose resignation as Shelby County commissioner had taken effect at 12:01 a.m., formally pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to accepting $24,000 in bribes during the course of the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz sting. “An error in judgment affects a lifetime,” a visibly contrite Hooks said to reporters afterward. ‘I have nobody to blame but me." Meanwhle, state Senater Kathryn Bowers put off until September 5th a "final report" on her own plea. For more, go to “Political Beat”.

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