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Pruitt congratulates Siplin on his aquittal

Senate President Ken Pruitt, who rebuffed calls to expel State Sen. Gary Siplin after his felony conviction, just issued this statement:

"The principle of 'innocent until proven guilty' is a basic premise of our judicial system. The Florida Senate relied upon this fundamental ideal as Senator Siplin’s case made its way through the process. Regardless of the outcome, I believed then that we needed to allow the system to work. Today’s opinion only confirms the importance of allowing the judicial process to run its full course.  I congratulate Senator Siplin on his acquittal and wish his family well as they recover from this difficult ordeal.”