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Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause Against Marks

During a closed-door hearing, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause Tallahassee Mayor John Marks violated the state’s ethics laws. Erwin Jackson, who brought two ethics complaints against Marks said the commission found cause in both cases.

“The Ethics Commission simply confirmed what is obvious. That John Marks has used the office of Mayor for his personal gain and that of his business associates,” Jackson said.

Marks said the ruling is not a finding of “misconduct.” The commission will now bring formal charges against the mayor. He has the option of fighting the finding before a judge, or trying to settle with the commission.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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