Firefighter Arrested

A trial continues today in U.S. District Court for a suspended Denver firefighter facing federal weapons charges.

Stan Ford is charged with three counts of selling a machine gun and one count of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

The prosecution contends Ford was ready and able to illegally sell machine guns.

But Ford's lawyer says his client was cajoled into the crimes by a confidential informant who worked on him for more than a year.

The opposing views were expressed yesterday during opening arguments.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mackey says Ford's furtive actions and incendiary talk justified a launch of a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation.

But defense attorney Will Hood says the investigation became overzealous.