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Spence-Jones Lawsuit Against Miami Mayor Tossed

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A federal judge has dismissed former Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones lawsuit filed about a year ago against Mayor Tomas Regalado, Katherine Fernandez Rundle and others.

U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks dismissed the lawsuit Friday.

Spence-Jones’s filed the lawsuit claiming Regalado, State Attorney Rundle and others launched an unsuccessful corruption case against her as a political vendetta.

Related: Spence-Jones Files Suit Against Miami’s Mayor, State Attorney

Spence-Jones was charged with bribery and grand theft and removed from office in 2010 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. A jury acquitted her of bribery, the grand theft charges were dropped and Spence-Jones returned to the city commission.

She left office last month due to term limits.

Middlebrooks found no merit to the lawsuit claiming Regalado and Rundle used the corruption case to try to drive her from office.

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