After criticism, Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr., who is running for the Senate, withdrew a parole request for a notorious convicted killer, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. The Web site for a Republican grassroots organization had used a headline, “Harold Ford Jr. sends letter for hit-man.”
In a letter to the parole board this month, Ford supported Phillip Michael Britt, who has been in prison 28 years. Although he signed the letter, Ford said it did not accurately reflect his feelings. He wrote a subsequent letter saying he did not suppor the parole request and that he wished Britt had gotten the death penalty. Britt is one of three men convicted for the rape and murder of a woman. The parole board denied Britt parole.