Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Edmund Ford Not Guilty on All Six Counts

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

A federal court jury declared former city councilman Edmund Ford not guilty on all six bribery counts Wednesday afternoon.

Ford removed his glasses and wept into a handerkerchief as the sixth "not guilty" verdict was read.

As Ford exited the courtroom he said, "My Lord and Savior is awesome."

Ford's attorney, Michael Scholl, said, "We went into this very aggressive." He credited Myrna Ford, Edmund's wife of 28 years, for her testimony in his defense.

"Luckily," Scholl said, "we had the other third party, which was her."

Ford himself also testified in his trial, something his brother John, who was convicted in his federal trial last year, did not do.

--John Branston

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