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High court rejects corruption claims by death row inmate

The Florida Supreme Court agreed Thursday with a trial judge who discounted a death row inmate's claims that a prosecutor accepted a kickback in his case.

Milford Wade Byrd was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1982 strangling death of his wife, Debra Byrd.

Milton claimed that then-Assistant State Attorney Mark Ober was paid a $1,600 referral fee from Ober's brother-in-law, who represented the victim's sister in a civil action to obtain life insurance proceeds.

A trial court found no merit to the claim, saying that the prosecutor didn't receive a referral fee, and that the money given to the prosecutor from his brother-in-law was a family gift legally claimed on financial disclosure forms.

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