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Troxler: How to fix Florida's weak laws on public corruption

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January

We're No. 1!

Florida led the nation in the number of public officials convicted in federal corruption cases from 1998 to 2007, according to a recent report. In another tally, counting from 2000 forward, Florida still had more federal public corruption convictions than any other state. First place. A source of state pride, surely.

This report comes from an outfit known as the Statewide Grand Jury, which spent last year looking at public corruption at the request of then-Gov. Charlie Crist. The grand jury released its findings on Dec. 17, a week before Christmas — an easy time to get lost in the news.

But this 127-page report deserves ongoing attention. Take a look on Attorney General Pam Bondi's website: www.myfloridalegal.com. (Click the link titled, "Public Corruption.")

Rest of Howard Troxler's column here.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:48am]

    

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