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Trial of former RPOF chair Jim Greer postponed -- until after the general election



The criminal trial for former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer has been postponed until the week of Nov. 12.

Orlando Circuit Judge Marc Lubet on Thursday ordered a continuance after Greer's lawyer, Damon Chase, asked for more time to review documents he is subpoenaing from the Republican Party of Florida. Chase said he wants to be sure he can review any emails, notes, memos and reports that mention Victory Strategies LLC, the company Greer is accused of using to get almost $200,000 out of the party.

Greer had been scheduled to face trial on July 30.

The decision is good news for Florida Republicans who were dreading the spectacle of a trial that could expose the inner workings of a party in turmoil just weeks before Florida hosts the Republican National Convention.

Greer is charged with money laundering and multiple counts of fraud.

-- Katie Sanders and Lucy Morgan, Times staff writers

[Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 4:44pm]


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