- The Washington Times - Friday, April 27, 2007

Ford convicted of bribery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former state Sen. John Ford, a prominent member of a politically powerful family, was convicted yesterday of accepting bribes in a statewide corruption investigation.

But the federal jury deadlocked on the more serious charge of extortion, creating a mistrial on that count. It also acquitted him of three counts of witness intimidation.

Ford was convicted of accepting $55,000 in bribes and could be sentenced to prison time and fined.

The once-influential state senator left the courtroom surrounded by relatives and refused to comment.

The jury had been deliberating since Wednesday afternoon in the case against the Memphis Democrat who served in the legislature from the 1970s until he resigned a few days after his arrest in May 2005.

Corzine to pay for treatment

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Jon Corzine will forgo his state health insurance and spend hundreds of thousands of his own money to pay for his medical care from a serious car accident, a spokesman said yesterday.

The spokesman for Mr. Corzine, a multimillionaire from his days leading Goldman Sachs Group Inc., made the announcement after the governor posed Thursday for photographs and told the Associated Press: “I’m the most blessed person who ever lived.”

Spokesman Anthony Coley said: “We don’t know yet the total cost of his care right now, but we expect it will be hundreds of thousands of dollars. … From the medevac helicopter to the hospital stay to the cheeseburgers to the strawberry milkshakes, the governor intends to pay for all of it himself.”

The accident left Mr. Corzine with a broken leg and other injuries, including 11 broken ribs and a cracked collarbone and sternum.

‘Common sense’ urged in divorce

ELIZABETH, N.J. — A judge handling the contentious divorce of the nation’s first openly homosexual governor and his estranged wife urged them yesterday to use “common sense” during their split.

Judge Karen Cassidy also called former Gov. James E. McGreevey’s sexual orientation insignificant to the case.

The courtroom session with Mr. McGreevey and Dina Matos McGreevey was their first public appearance together since he resigned and told the world he was “a gay American” more than two years ago.

At the hearing, the judge said the couple had agreed to continue their current visitation arrangements for their only child, 5-year-old Jacqueline. The girl lives with Mrs. McGreevey and visits her father every other weekend.

The judge also said the McGreeveys should “use their common sense and shall not introduce her to any non-age-appropriate activities,” a concept the judge said was “admittedly vague.”

Man questioned in walker mugging

NEW YORK — A suspect in the mugging of a 101-year-old woman with a walker was arrested yesterday on drug charges, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The commissioner said the 44-year-old man had been wanted for questioning in the attack — captured on a surveillance tape — and another robbery of an 85-year-old woman.

The videotape of the March 4 attack shows 101-year-old Rose Morat trying to leave her apartment building to go to church.

The mugger pretends to help her get through the vestibule. Then he turns to grab Miss Morat’s head, delivers three hard punches to her face and swipes her purse. He got away with $33 and Miss Morat’s house keys. She suffered a fractured cheekbone and spent time in the hospital.

From wires dispatches and staff reports

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