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May 14, 2008

Updated: Councilman "Duke" Franklin arrested

Developing story: a reported large number of individuals were being taken into Finley Stadium by combined local, state, and federal law enforcement officials. Among those arrested this morning is Chattanooga City Council District 5 representative John Franklin, Jr.

Sources: Times Free Press, Chattanoogan, Irresponsible Journalism

Tennessee Ticket will stay on this story with updates and commentary as able.

UPDATE 5:09PM - I have to admit that "my thinking on this case has been very uptight." I was all wrapped up in the idea that former sheriff Billy Long had started "singing" (as the cop shows used to say) in an effort to get his sentence reduced. But really, that kind of thing usually happens prior to the plea agreement; and Long already entered his plea. Pardon me for trying to connect one cocaine and money-laundering scandal to another.

It now appears that, as happens so often, it was a couple of people's trouble with the IRS that resulted in some forty-two arrests. And that leads to some rather complex thoughts. I'll delve more into those later, but for now: is the IRS nothing more than the financial wing of a whole list of federal law enforcement agencies? We'll start following the money.

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Government | By joe lance | 12:46 PM

Comments

While sincerity might be prime political capital on a national level, honesty would be a angle to play here locally.

Unbelievable.

This town is scuzzy.

I wonder if VW execs are into narcotics. They'd love it here.

Posted by: Bill at May 14, 2008 01:44 PM

This arrest is just a weekly reminder that there IS no place like Home.

Posted by: davidm. at May 14, 2008 02:17 PM

I meant to a say "a GREAT angle to play here locally"...

Posted by: Bill at May 14, 2008 02:43 PM

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