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Before going to the slammer, Jim Greer speaks one last time



Before he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer maintained his innocence in a final interview with WTSP’s Mike Deeson.

“People will always say, ‘If you are so innocent, why didn’t you go to trial?’ And I understand that,” said Greer, who pleaded guilty in February to charges he stole money from the state Republican Party.

In the interview, which aired this week, Greer told Deeson that friends helped him pay attorney fees and restitution to the Republican Party of Florida. He said he was given no money or promised anything in exchange for his plea.

Greer also said he is planning on writing a book behind bars. The title: Dirty Laundry.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 11:07am]


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