Hearings on Charges for Ex-House Speaker Postponed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Hearings on criminal and ethics charges against ousted Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom have been postponed again.

A House committee said Friday that discussion of an ethics complaint against the former speaker would be delayed until Feb. 2 to give Sansom more time to hire an attorney while legal motions in a separate criminal case scheduled Friday against the Destin Republican were postponed until Feb. 19.

Sansom, who was originally indicted last year on official misconduct and perjury charges, faces new charges in the legal system of grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. The House Select Committee on Standards of Official Conduct could recommend anything from dismissing the complaint to expelling Sansom.

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  • by debbyarr Location: PC on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    I agree with Jerry. I think they are just trying to keep delaying this hoping that the people will lose interest or something. I'm keeping a watchful eye. It doesn't matter what political party is involved, gross ethics violations like these should warrant an automatic ouster. Most politicians wait until after they are out of office to take the cushy jobs (lobbyist, etc.) after they have voted favorably for the industry that's going to give them the cushy job. Mr. Sansom was so greedy he couldn't wait and wanted to have his cake and eat it, too. He probably wanted to continue to feather his nest with other industries as well while he was still in office.
  • by Jerry Location: Walton County on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    Oh P-LEASE people! How long does it take to hire an attorney anyway? The new attorney will probably just find another way to keep postponing it until the justice system gets tired of fighting or spending the tax money to prosecute!! Whoever granted this postponment deserves to be brought up on obstruction of justice charges. I'm Republican and I am appalled that politicans still seem to get "special" privileges that use countless resources and tax money. It's time to crack down on ALL crime; that's where our money should be spent! We the people need to be observant of the actions of those we elect...and hold them accountable (if by no other means than our votes!).
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