James Cheney Mason and Donald A. Lykkebak, two Orlando lawyers representing former GOP Chairman Jim Greer want out.
Mason is asking an Orlando circuit judge to allow him to withdraw from the criminal case scheduled for trial on July 30. Greer is charged with money laundering, grand theft and fraud in connection with money he received from the GOP while he was chairman of the party.
Greer says his other lawyer, Damon Chase of Lake Mary, is prepared to take the case to trial.
"No more delays, continuances, postponements for any reason, while some may have hoped or assumed this case would not go to trial, I want my day in court, Damon Chase knows this case in and out, and he is ready to aggressively represent and defend my case,’’ Greer wrote Wednesday night in an email to a Times reporter.
Chase said Greer is eager to tell his story to a jury and prove that those who have testified against him are liars.
“What kind of country do we live in that puts one of its citizens through this kind of torment despite the overwhelming evidence of his innocence? Politicians will clearly stop at nothing to retain their fleeting grasps of power. I feel bad for the prosecutors who will have to argue this case to the jury with a straight face, and I wouldn’t for the world miss being in the courtroom when the clerk reads the verdict, “Not Guilty”. “” Chase responded.
An Orlando judge will consider the lawyers request Thursday.
-- Lucy Morgan