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Buss testifies over prison privatization

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Ed Buss

By Sascha Cordner

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Tallahassee, FL – Former Florida Corrections Secretary Ed Buss gave legal testimony Monday about the state's massive prison privatization effort. Sascha Cordner reports that deposition took place even though Buss' ex-boss, Governor Rick Scott insisted the testimony was not necessary.

The Florida Police Benevolent Association DID think the deposition was necessary. The union's Executive Director Matt Puckett says Buss would not have had to endure two hours of questioning under oath if what he knew wasn't an important piece of the prison privatization puzzle:

"He clearly in this deposition shows he made decisions. He was advised on things. He signed his name to certain documents. The direction in some cases came from him. He had expertise in this area."

But, Governor Rick Scott thinks high-ranking people in government positions should not have to testify because it sets a bad precedent. He says people won't want those positions anymore because they could be tied up in depositions or testifying.