] w00t! Sounds like a great start to the weekend to me!
From the LA Times article:
In a sting operation dubbed "Tennessee Waltz," the FBI set up a bogus company called E-Cycle Management Inc., then doled out payoffs to lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would allow the business to buy and sell used electronic equipment from the state. The bill was withdrawn Wednesday.
One of the lawmakers charged, state Sen. John Ford, allegedly received payments totaling $55,000, beginning last year. "You are talking to the guy that makes the deals," Ford boasted to the undercover agents, according to the indictment.
Ford was also charged with attempting to threaten or intimidate potential witnesses by telling an undercover agent that "if he caught someone trying to set him up he would shoot that person," prosecutors said.
I love the name they chose for the sting. Seems like I've memed the fine gentleman from Memphis at least half a dozen times before. This is great, long overdue but F* Great!!