Monday, November 27, 2006

Hooks Jr. Wants More Time to Review Evidence in Waltz Case

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Scarcely a week before his father, former county commissioner Michael Hooks Sr., is due to be sentenced for his role in the Tennessee Waltz scandal, former school board member Michael Hooks Jr. has asked for, and been granted, additional time to review the government's evidence against him.

At Hooks' request during a Monday-morning hearing, U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen set a new report date of February 26. Acceding to the request was assistant U.S. Attorney Tim DiScenza, who told Breen, however, that he anticipated a trial of only "two or three days."

Hooks' attorney Glen Reid disagreed, saying that he might need "at least a week" just to present a response to the government's evidence, including surveillance audio- and video-tapes of his client dealing with FBI agents posing as representatives of the fictitious E-Cycle company.

In August, the senior Hooks pleaded guilty to one count of taking bribes from the agents.

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