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Greer trial moving forward after sides reach email agreement



ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The attorney for former Florida GOP chair Jim Greer says it's conceivable his criminal fraud case could begin as scheduled next year after he worked out a deal for a defense computer expert to search GOP computer servers for emails he believes are pertinent to his defense.

Greer's attorney, Damon Chase, struck the deal at a hearing Wednesday.

Greer will pay a $125 hourly rate for a GOP expert to supervise the searches. Chase expects it take only a day, which would speed along the discovery process.

In September, Judge Marc Lubet set a Feb. 11 start date for trial.

Some prominent Florida Republicans are named as witnesses for Greer's trial on felony charges that he funneled GOP money to a private company he formed.

Greer is pleading not guilty.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 4:07pm]


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