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FDLE head says severance deal with Jim Greer not ‘pertinent’ to investigation

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From Gary Fineout: The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said on Tuesday that the proposed severance agreement that Jim Greer reached with Republican Party of Florida officials this year was not “pertinent” to the investigation that resulted in Greer’s arrest. But Gerald Bailey, the FDLE commissioner, said that “things are known now that were not known when that severance agreement was executed. So I don’t really see that that is pertinent.’’ Look for more on this issue from Gary…

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FDLE head says severance deal with Jim Greer not ‘pertinent’ to investigation

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From Gary Fineout: The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said on Tuesday that the proposed severance agreement that Jim Greer reached with Republican Party of Florida officials this year was not “pertinent” to the investigation that resulted in Greer’s arrest. But Gerald Bailey, the FDLE commissioner, said that “things are known now that were not known when that severance agreement was executed. So I don’t really see that that is pertinent.’’ Look for more on this issue from Gary…

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Authorities kept Jim Greer indictment sealed for two weeks

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Former Florida GOP chair Jim Greer was arrested Wednesday, but the statewide grand jury that charged him handed up its indictment two weeks earlier, according to court records. The delay was so the Florida Department of Law Enforcement could arrest Greer the same day it searched his Oviedo home, its press office said Thursday, to make sure he didn’t destroy evidence. To do that, it had to prepare search warrant affidavits for Florida Chief Justice Peggy Quince. She signed three search warrants…

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One anonymous letter leads authorities to Jim Greer

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Republican Party chairman Jim Greer’s precipitous decline started in earnest at the kitchen table of a 76-year-old retiree in Fort Myers, Fla., shortly after Christmas. Gary A. Lee was going through his mail around lunch time in late December 2009, when he came across a white business envelope addressed to him as a member of the state Republican Party’s audit committee. There was no return address. What Lee found in that envelope led to the 47-year-old Greer’s arrest yesterday by…

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Orange County Commissioner (and one-time Crist supporter) Mildred Fernandez arrested for accepting illegal campaign contributions, grand theft, and bribery

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Several Orlando news outlets are reporting that Orange County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez, who is running for Orange County mayor, was taken to the Orange County Jail Tuesday. Fernandez, 64, was arrested and charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions, grand theft, and bribery. She was released on $5,300 bond around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Gov. Charlie Crist has suspended Fernandezfrom her position on the Orange County Commission. He signed the executive order late Tuesday afternoon after Fernandez was arrested, and issued an…

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Times editorial: Call in the feds to investigate state GOP

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The St. Petersburg Times Editorial Board is calling for federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service to conduct a vigorous investigation at the highest level, untainted by state politics.  Excerpts: It is becoming clearer why it took so long to oust former state Republican Party chairman Jim Greer in January even as the party’s grass roots activists and largest fundraisers demanded a change. Greer had his secrets, and powerful Republican legislators had theirs. Each side was desperate to avoid disclosure, no matter…

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FSU’s Preston Parker arrested on DUI

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Florida State University wide receiver Preston Parker was released Saturday from the Leon County Jail after posting bail of $500. Tallahassee police arrested Parker on Saturday morning at the McDonald’s on West Tennessee Street after officers said they found him passed out in his red Dodge Charger. – Breath-test results showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.054, which is below the legal limit in Florida of 0.08. A urine test was presumptive positive for marijuana. The test will be analyzed by…

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