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Four Tennessee lawmakers indicted on bribery charges

[JURIST] Four state lawmakers were indicted in Tennessee on Thursday for allegedly taking bribes from FBI agents posing as representatives of a fake electronics-recycling company. The agents gave payments to the lawmakers inducing them to sponsor a bill which would enable the company to buy and sell used electronic equipment from Tennessee. The bill was withdrawn on Wednesday. State senator John Ford [official biography] is alleged to have received $55,000 in payments since the investigation began two years ago and was also charged with attempting to threaten potential witnesses by telling an undercover agent "if he caught someone trying to set him up he would shoot that person." AP has more.

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