Special Prosecutor Appointed to Investigate Memphis Mayor's Sex Plot

MEMPHIS, TN - Officials have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate a nightclub waitress' claim that a prominent attorney paid her to entangle the Memphis mayor in a sex scandal.

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference appointed retired District Attorney Joseph Baugh of Franklin to look into Gwendolyn Smith's claim that lawyer Richard Fields offered her $150,000 to lure Mayor Willie Herenton to have sex, then videotape the encounter.

Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons requested a special prosecutor.

Herenton has claimed that political enemies conspired to involve him in a sex scandal to undermine his chances for re-election in October to a fifth term.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)