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This happened yesterday but I had to stop celebrating before mentioning it, from the Miami Herald: Another indictment for former House Speaker Ray Sansom

TALLAHASSEE — A grand jury investigating Ray Sansom’s ties to a Panhandle college issued a second round of indictments Wednesday, accusing the ousted House speaker of lying about a developer’s plans to store aircraft in a taxpayer-funded building.

The felony perjury charge is based on newly surfaced documents, including an e-mail Sansom received from the college president indicating that developer Jay Odom, who was also indicted Wednesday, would use part of the facility.

“Jay and I agreed that the project is to be held close until after your actions and until after we receive guidance from you,” president Bob Richburg wrote to Sansom in April 2007 — with a subject line “Meeting with Jay.”

The budget lawmakers approved a month later included $6 million Sansom appropriated for the college. Sansom, R-Destin, has insisted that it was his idea and that he did not know about Odom’s plans for a taxpayer-funded hangar.

Odom, who has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Sansom and other Republicans, was charged Wednesday with official misconduct for acting as a principal in securing the funding.

Official misconduct is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum five-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.

On April 17, the grand jury charged Sansom and Richburg with official misconduct over allegedly mischaracterizing how the building would be used. The college has said it will be used as a first-responder training and response center, but the grand jury concluded it was really a hangar for Odom.

Ray was collateral damage in another scheme by Jay Odom, so it feels wonderful that something has finally been hung on Odom. This guy has received more “favors” than WalMart, and well as millions of tax dollars with no benefit for the people of the county.

Of course, an indictment isn’t a conviction, but he has been escaping indictment for years.


1 Kryten42 { 05.29.09 at 8:38 am }

There ya go Bryan! “Good things come to those who wait. Occasionally.” 😉 😆

Sounds like the light at the end of the tunnel for that crook may just may be an oncoming train.

Doncha love metaphors? 😉

2 Bryan { 05.29.09 at 2:31 pm }

It’s about time the sucker got hit by a train as he has been steamrolling things through the local governments for years. The only place he hasn’t succeeded is in the little town where I live – the council threw him and his project out.

He has been soaking up tens of millions of tax dollars, not counting the tax breaks he has received, and there has been no benefit to the local economy.

He needs prison time.