A Leon County circuit court judge ruled Friday that state taxpayers will have to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for the defense of former House Speaker Ray Sansom, who was cleared four years ago of charges that had already driven him from office.
A trial began Thursday to determine whether former House Speaker Ray Sansom deserves to be reimbursed for almost $1 million in legal fees from a failed corruption case, with attorneys for the former lawmaker and the state arguing over whether he was involved in a deal that ultimately ended the case.
Former House Speaker Ray Sansom is suing the state, saying he should be reimbursed for the costs of defending himself against corruption charges that were eventually dropped.
Prosecutors dropped corruption charges against former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom Friday after the judge in his trial rejected a key witness.
Prosecutors in Tallahassee have dropped corruption charges against former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom after the judge rejected a key prosecution witness.
Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom, on trial for allegedly steering state funds to a project to benefit a big political contributor, watched for a second day as prosecutors tried to prove an airplane hanger he helped build was an illegal political plum.