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Sansom files ethics complaint against prosecutor Meggs



Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom said he's filed an ethics complaint against the state prosecutor who pursued criminal charges against him over his dealings with a Panhandle college.

The complaint contains six allegations against State Attorney Willie Meggs, including that he "manipulated" the grand jury process to get indictments and released testimony that was not public, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News.

"He led the grand jury to an indictment," Sansom told the newspaper.

The Florida Commission on Ethics would not say Thursday whether it has received the complaint, as is standard practice. (Sansom told the newspaper he mailed it Wednesday.) The commission will have to agree to pursue the case or dismiss it. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 5:06pm]


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