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Time line of the Sansom case

Nov. 18, 2008: Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin, is sworn in as speaker of the Florida House. The same day he takes a job at Northwest Florida State College.

Nov. 19: College announces Sansom job.

Dec. 7: The St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau, after reporting millions Sansom secured for the school, documents a link between a private developer's request for a state-funded airplane hangar and $6 million in funding Sansom got for an airport building to be used by the college.

Jan. 5, 2009: Under widespread pressure, Sansom quits his college job.

Jan. 26: Grand jury decides to investigate.

Feb. 2: House Republicans vote to replace Sansom as speaker with Rep. Larry Cretul of Ocala.

April 17: Grand jury indicts Sansom on felony official misconduct charge related to airport funding.

April 28: College trustees give up on airport project, return money to state.

May 27: Grand jury issues an additional indictment, adding perjury charge for Sansom and charges for college president Bob Richburg and developer Jay Odom.

June 26: Investigator finds probable cause that Sansom damaged "faith and confidence" in the Florida House. A legislative panel is convened to hear the case.

Oct. 5: Circuit Judge Terry Lewis throws out part of the charges against Sansom. State Attorney Willie Meggs seeks appeal.

Jan. 6, 2010: Meggs charges Sansom, Richburg and Odom with grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft.

Jan. 26: Sansom files motion accusing Meggs of misconduct in the case, including making public statements and releasing grand jury transcripts to newspapers.

Feb. 21: Sansom resigns his House seat on eve of ethics trial before a panel of his peers.

Oct. 19: Judge Lewis faults Meggs' behavior in the case but said it did not amount to prosecutorial misconduct and declines to dismiss the charges.

March 11, 2011: Richburg turns state's evidence and agrees to testify against Sansom and Odom. He tells investigators that the building was put at the airport because it would benefit Odom.

March 18: A jury of four women and two men is picked for the trial.

March 21: The trial begins.

March 25: Charges against Sansom and Odom are dropped.

Time line of the Sansom case 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 2:20pm]
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