Sansom's lawyer files another motion to dismiss
Ousted House Speaker Ray Sansom's lawyer has filed another motion to dismiss the criminal case against him, claiming it was not Sansom's responsibility to make sure $6 million he got for his local college was used properly. Read it here.
The motion asserts that once the $6 million airport appropriation was approved by the Legislature, "the Legislature had no further responsibility, or authority, to ensure that the allocated funds were lawfully disbursed. That responsibility fell to the Department of Education. The DOE was the executive agency assigned the responsibility of using 'that money, and no more, for that object, and for no other.' As such, the DOE was bound to ensure that the funds were spent strictly in accordance with their intended purpose and no other purpose."
Lawyer Steve Dobson seems to be setting up an argument that Sansom intended the money to go for an emergency training and response center and that he had nothing to do with plans for developer Jay Odom to use the building. Prosecutors, however, will likely counter with e-mails showing Sansom, Odom and now-fired Northwest Florida State College president Bob Richburg discussing the building before the money was appropriated in 2007. Story on the first motion to dismiss here.