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Greer asks judge to block prosecutors from using book proposal

ORLANDO — The former chairman of the state Republican Party asked a judge Tuesday to keep private a book proposal that was seized during his arrest.

Jim Greer, who is charged with funneling money from the party to his personal accounts, asked a Florida judge to stop state prosecutors from using the 16-page memoir proposal taken from his computer when he was arrested in May on six felony charges, including theft, organized fraud and money laundering.

Greer has pleaded not guilty and says he is the victim of right-wing conservatives who turned against Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist, who picked Greer to head the state party, defected from the GOP last year to run as an independent for U.S. Senate.

Circuit Judge Marc Lubet said he would issue a ruling after reviewing the proposal.

Greer's attorney, Donald Lykkebak, told the judge that the book proposal was privileged information and that it was only on the computer "by happenstance." Neither Greer nor his attorneys would say after the hearing what exactly was in the proposal.

Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Michael Williams told the judge that he intended to use the material during Greer's trial this year.

Greer asks judge to block prosecutors from using book proposal 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 10:08pm]
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