Jury announces that it is unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Harold Ford, Black U.S. representative, who had been charged with bank fraud and conspiracy.
1990 (Apr 27)
A federal court jury in Memphis, Tennessee, announced that it was unable to reach a verdict in the two-and-one-half month trial of Harold Ford, Black U.S. representative. The forty-four-year-old Tennessee Democrat had been charged with nineteen counts of bank fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy. He was specifically accused of taking more than one million dollars in "political payoffs disguised as loans" from bankers C. H. and Jake Butcher of Knoxville, Tennessee. Ford had consistently maintained his innocence and suggested that the charges against him were racially motivated.