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Sansom schedules a field trip to ground zero of controversy: Destin Airport



Rep. Ray Sansom wants the special committee investigating his dealings with a Panhandle college to visit the airport site in Destin where a controversial emergency operations center was to be built. Sansom's lawyer filed the motion today.

Sansom said the building would serve an education and emergency response purpose; investigators say it was a hangar that would also benefit Jay Odom's corporate jet business. The House is to begin the disciplinary hearing on Monday.

Also today, Sansom was in criminal court and a judge effectively ruled against his lawyers in a pair of motions.

AP_FLPC204_SANSOMS_JOB Sansom's team had wanted to block State Attorney Willie Meggs from transcribing the grand jury testimony of Gary Yancey, a vice president at Northwest Florida State College, who was involved in the airport project. Meggs could be trying to compare what Yancey said in deposition and what he said under oath. Defense lawyers said they did not object per se, but wanted other testimony to be transcribed, not just Yancey's.

And Circuit Judge Terry Lewis shot down a request by the defense for Meggs to spell out the nature of the grand theft charge. The defense successfully petitioned for a "statement of particulars" under the original official misconduct charge. But Meggs said today that the lawyers knew exactly what the allegations are.

Lewis agreed.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:20pm]


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