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Jim Greer's juicy lawsuit dismissed, for now



So much for the claims about secret Republican boss "hush money."
That allegation, along with the depositions of top lawmakers, is on hold now that a judge threw out disgraced former RPOF chairman Jim Greer's breach-of-contract  lawsuit against his former party. The judge in the case said Greer couldn't press the civil case because he refuses to talk freely due to the criminal fraud charges he faces.
Assuming he beats the rap, Greer can more easily refile his civil claim -- that he didn't get his golden parachute guaranteed him by current House Speaker Dean Cannon, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Sen. John Thrasher and the party itself.
It's not the type of claim that easily elicits sympathy from jurors in a job-depressed state. Making matters tougher for Greer: in a civil case, a person's background can be fair game. So don't be too surprised if the Greer-has-sex-with-stripper story hits the courtroom.
-- Marc Caputo


[Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 2:36pm]


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