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.