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Bondi drops appeal, no longer demanding reporter's testimony in Carletha Cole case



Just yesterday, the Associated Press reported that Attorney General Pam Bondi had asked an appeals court to reverse a Leon County judge's ruling quashing the testimony of a Jacksonville newspaper reporter in the state's case against Carletha Cole. Bondi's office claimed that reporter Matt Dixon's testimony was so crucial, the illegal wiretapping case against the former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll would fall apart without it.

Now, the AP is reporting that Bondi has abrubtly dropped her appeal. No word if that means the case will get settled or dismissed soon.

From the AP:

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is dropping her push to force a newspaper reporter to testify in a criminal case involving a former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. 

Bondi earlier this month asked an appeals court to overrule a judge who blocked prosecutors from interviewing Matt Dixon, a reporter with The Florida Times-Union. 

Bondi's office late Wednesday withdrew the appeal. 

A spokeswoman for Bondi acknowledged the withdrawal but said she could not comment on the decision. 

Carletha Cole, a former aide to Carroll, was arrested in 2011. She was accused of giving Dixon a secret recording containing a conversation between Cole and John Konkus, Carroll's chief of staff. 

The appeal filed by Bondi contended that the criminal case against Cole could fall apart if prosecutors could not interview Dixon.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:17pm]


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