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Judge Finds Marks Did Not Violate Ethics Laws

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks didn’t violate any state ethics rules when he voted on issues that lead some to raise concerns about a conflict of interest—that’s according to an administrative law judge’s Tuesday finding.

Mayor Mark’s lawyer, Barry Richard said Judge Lawrence Stevenson, had more time to consider the case than the ethics commission did when it initially found probable cause that Marks violated the ethics laws.

“The only decision the commission made was to decide that there was probable cause to go forward with a hearing to decide what the evidence was. And a lot of the key evidence that the commission made it’s decision on was not available to the commission when it made its finding,” Richard said.

Next the case heads back to the ethics committee. The committee can either vote to agree with the judge or hear arguments against the judge’s recommendation. Questions about Marks’ possible conflict of interest arose when Marks voted in favor of the city contracting with a company, that Marks had ties to.

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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.

Phone: (850) 645-6090 | rmccarthy@fsu.edu

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