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Sansom trial to proceed; 1st DCA rejects appeal

The First District Court of Appeal today denied a petition by former House Speaker Ray Sansom to take up misconduct allegations against Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs.

Sansom and his co-defendants Jay Odom and Bob Richburg, charged with grand theft for a $6 million airport project Sansom inserted in the 2007 state budget, accused Meggs of misconduct in his actions with a grand jury and the case in general.

Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis found some fault with Meggs but said it fell short of misconduct and denied the motion to throw Meggs off the case. 

So Sansom petitioned the First DCA, causing the state Attorney General's Office to defend Meggs. Today, the appeals court denied Sansom's motion. Sansom's trial is set to begin March 21.

-- Alex Leary

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