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Crist Calls for Statewide Grandy Jury

October 14th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Charlie Crist on Wednesday is asking the state Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate public corruption by government officials. The request comes on the heels of recent indictments of two elected officials and a well-connected Republican Party donor in Broward County. In calling for the investigation, Crist says no one case spurred the request.

“It doesn’t center around any one case at all,” Crist said. “Since I’ve been governor, unfortunately I’ve had to remove over 30 people from public office. That’s almost one a month. It’s obvious to me that something is wrong with the system. And that’s why I think it’s important to have a grand jury investigate, look into these string of crimes, if you will, and those that aren’t conviction yet, at least allegations.

If the court agrees, Statewide Prosecutor Bill Shepard could take up to 18 months for the investigation.

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