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Charges Dropped in Sansom Case

October 5th, 2009 by flanews

A circuit judge has dismissed official misconduct charges against former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom and his two co-defendants today. The charges stemmed from a plot to use six million state dollars to build an airplane hanger for a political contributor. As Whitney Ray tells us, Sansom still faces a perjury charge for allegedly lying to a Leon County Grand Jury.

Former House Speaker Ray Sansom is breathing a sigh of relief after winning a colossal legal battle. Sansom and his two codefendants faced official misconduct charges after planning to use six million state dollars to build a private airplane hanger. The charge, levied against all three, was dropped.

State Attorney Willie Meggs is considering an appeal, but Sansom still faces a perjury charge.

The judges wrote in his order quote nobody likes to be lied to. The decision comes as state lawmakers head back to Tallahassee for committees. Representative Rich Glorioso is the chair of a committee empanelled to decide if Sansom should keep his house seat.

I believe well have a special prosecutor that we will appoint, as the committee looks into it, to look into the details of all the allegations to makes sure the faith and trust of the people has not been compromised, said Glorioso.

House Democrats say Sansoms case has been a huge distraction.

We dont know whats going to happen next, what is going to be the end result of this whole thing and we hope it resolves itself as quickly as it possible can, said House Democrat Dwight Bullard.

Current House Speaker Larry Cretul denied our request for an interview to talk about Sansoms future in the house. But many feel Sansoms reputation is too tarnished to continue doing the states business.

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