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Two of Jim Greer's lawyers withdraw from case



Two prominent Orlando lawyers left former GOP Chairman Jim Greer's defense team Thursday citing irreconcilable differences.

Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet agreed to let the men withdraw after Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Michael S. Williams noted that a third lawyer who represents Greer has taken action without conferring with J. Cheney Mason and Donald A. Lykkebak.

Williams was referring to an alleged attempt by Lake Mary lawyer Damon Chase to get former Gov. Charlie Crist to change his testimony. Chase now becomes the lead attorney for Greer and says he is ready for trial.

Greer is charged with money laundering, grand theft and fraud in connection with money he received from the GOP while he was chairman of the party.

The defense attorneys did not elaborate on their reasons for leaving the case. Their affidavit asking for permission to get out of the case cited only "irreconcilable differences'' that have arisen in the handling of Greer's defense, but the move came barely a week after prosecutors disclosed details of an alleged witness tampering attempt. Williams said those events left him unable to object to the request.

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[Last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:28pm]


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