Key Charges Dismissed in NW Florida State Case

October 6, 2009

A state judge on Monday dismissed many of the key charges against Ray Sansom, former speaker of the house in Florida, and Bob Richburg, former president of Northwest Florida State College, in a case that cost both of them their jobs, The Northwest Florida Daily News reported. The case focuses on allegedly inappropriate ties between Sansom and the college. Sansom directed state funds to the college to build an airport hangar for one of his donors and the college gave Sansom a job. Judge Terry Lewis, in dismissing the charges, stressed questions about the legality of indictments that were based on legislation that Sansom advanced, and suggested that this may be a case of misconduct that just isn't illegal. "Not every wrongful conduct is a crime. Sometimes the remedy for such conduct must be political rather than judicial. This is one of those situations," the judge said.

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