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Gillum Ethics Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday

Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a campaign rally attended by Former President Barack Obama, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky
Associated Press

An ethics hearing for former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is set for this Wednesday. It examines whether Gillum violated state ethics law.

At issue is whether Andrew Gillum accepted gifts in 2016, including a ticket to the popular play “Hamilton,” a boat ride around New York Harbor and a trip to Costa Rica.

Back in January, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause for the case to move forward.

Gillum is contesting the accusations. His lawyer Barry Richard says Gillum did nothing to violate state ethics law.

“I never predict what’s going to happen with the court, but I know that he has no violation and I think that the evidence will establish that,” Richard said.

The allegations were brought up during Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign in 2018. Gillum lost to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

Casey Chapter is a freshman at Florida State University studying Digital Media Production and Literature, Media & Culture. She is a staff writer and photographer for the FSView & Florida Flambeau, an intern for WFSU Public Media, and a dog lover. After graduation, she plans to work in journalism.