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Sansom Accuses Prosecutor of Misconduct

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By Trimmel Gomes

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Tallahassee, FL – Ousted former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom and two co-defendants are accusing a state prosecutor of misconduct. They have asked a judge to remove State Attorney Willie Meggs from their case or dismiss the charges against them.

Meggs didn't have a whole lot to say about the accusations against him. One says he's been making unethical public comments.

"I do not."

The other said he discouraged witnesses from cooperating with the defense.

"Have not."

Finally, the motion accuses him of illegally releasing a grand jury transcript.

"Ah, that is something that happened, there is an explanation, but I'll give that in court."

The three defendants are facing official misconduct, grand theft and conspiracy charges for steering $6-million to Northwest Florida State College for an airport hangar intended mainly for private use. The college later gave Sansom a part-time job with a six-figure salary, the same day he was sworn in as House Speaker.