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Sansom asks House for another delay



Rep. Ray Sansom sent a letter today to the House Select Committee asking that it postpone any action, including his motion to dismiss the case against him, while he seeks a new attorney.

"I am actively seeking new counsel," Sansom wrote. "I am finding that the new attorney will need proper time to prepare for our hearing. We will need the time for numerous depositions, interviews and amendments to our witness list. I have assured all of the attorneys I have spoken with that the Committee will respect that they have previous commitments to be considered when setting a new date for the hearing."

He asked that a status hearing Friday be put off. The five-member panel already delayed the formal hearing until late February after Richard Coates removed himself as Sansom's attorney, citing conflicts with potential witnesses. The original hearing was to begin Jan. 25.

"The resolution of this complaint is important to me personally and to the entire Florida House," Sansom wrote. Sansom, R-Destin, is accused of damaging public faith in the House through his dealings with Northwest Florida State College. Sansom has said he will be vindicated.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Committee chair Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, sent a message to fellow panel members: "I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that it is my intention that the Select Committee will meet this Friday at 9:30 am as previously noticed.  We will discuss Rep. Sansom’s request and conduct other committee business to prepare for a hearing in February."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:15pm]


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