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State Sen. frontrunner knocked off ballot



Jim Norman should be tossed from the ballot for state Senate for not disclosing a half-million dollar gift from an influential businessman, a Tallahassee judge ruled Friday.

In a scathing order recapping a case she said was without precedent, Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford ruled that the Hillsborough commissioner intentionally deceived the public when he failed to disclose Ralph Hughes' $500,000 contribution toward a lakefront home in Arkansas. Fulford said Norman's explanation about the house, which was titled to his wife, Mearline, was "patently absurd."

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[Last modified: Saturday, October 16, 2010 5:04pm]


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