Childers Remains in Prison at Sneads

Former Florida Senate President WD Childers' bribery appeal won't be heard by the state Supreme Court.

The court decided it lacked jurisdiction over the case in a four to two vote Monday. Childers is serving a three-and-a-half-year prison term at Apalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads, where he once was one of the state's most powerful legislators.

The Pensacola Republican was forced out of the Senate by term limits in 2000 but then was elected as an Escambia County commissioner. Childers was convicted of bribing a fellow commissioner to vote for the purchase of a defunct soccer complex in 2001.

He reported to prison in Jackson County July 31 after the First District Court of Appeal refused to reverse his conviction.

His lawyer says no decision has been made whether to pursue other potential avenues of appeal in federal or lower state courts.