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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered and Delmar Johnson gets no jail time

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What kind of deal did Delmar Johnson III, the former executive director of the Florida GOP, get from prosecutors to provide evidence against his boss, former state party chairman Jim Greer? No prison. No probation. No fine. No criminal record. Johnson, from Winter Garden, must repay the $65,000 that prosecutors say he stole from the party. That’s just under half the amount that prosecutors say Greer stole – $125,000. And Johnson must appear anywhere any time the Office of Statewide Prosecution so…

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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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