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Supreme Court denies Crist request for statewide jury



The Florida Supreme Court on Monday denied Gov. Charlie Crist's petition for a statewide grand jury to investigate political corruption in Florida. The 6-1 decision, with Justice Charles Canady dissenting, was issued Monday afternoon in a terse, two-paragraph statement.

"The Court ... hereby finds that the petition does not meet the minimal allegations required by [state law]," the Court's order said. The denial was issued "without prejudice," meaning that Crist's office is petmitted to re-file a more detailed petition that satisfies the court's request for specifics.

Crist petitioned the Court on Oct. 14 following a series of indictments and corruption-related investigations, all centered in South Florida. 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:07pm]


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