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Meggs will call Crist, not Rubio, as witness to bolster case against Sansom



The planners of an airport project that ended Ray Sansom's political career in scandal deliberately concealed the location of the building, according to newly surfaced documents.

E-mails suggest a coordinated effort to slide the $6 million project through the state budget process and avoid a veto by Gov. Charlie Crist. State prosecutor Willie Meggs is so convinced of a deception that he will call the governor as a witness if Sansom's case goes to trial later this year.

"If it helps get to justice, I'm happy to help," Crist said Wednesday. Crist would not be subpoenaed, Meggs said, because he feels Crist was misled by budget language.

Language justifying the building as an emergency operations training center for Northwest Florida State College was hastily crafted in May 2007, right after the Legislature passed the budget, but it made no mention the building would be at Destin Airport. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:28am]


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