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Judge: Acquitted Florida mayor should be returned to office

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A judge has ruled that a South Florida mayor acquitted of federal corruption charges should be restored to his old office. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely ruled Tuesday that Michael Pizzi should return as Miami Lakes mayor and also receive back pay and other benefits dating to August 2013. Pizzi was suspended as mayor after he was charged in an undercover FBI investigation into questionable city grants, but a jury found him not guilty, and Gov. Rick Scott lifted…

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