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