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Greer pleads not guilty; preliminary trial date set

At an arraignment in Orlando this morning, Jim Greer's attorney entered a not guilty plea for the former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He filed a document ahead of the hearing and neither the attorney nor Greer made an appearance.

Greer faces 75 years in prison if convicted on six felony counts for a scheme to steer party donations to a company he owned. Circuit Judge Marc Lubet set a preliminary trial date for Oct. 18 and another pretrial appearance Oct. 5, though it's likely to get delayed.

The hearing lasted less than a minute.

--Michael Kruse and John Frank

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:45am]

    

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