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Arza admits to witness tampering

Former state Republican Rep. Ralph Arza of Hialeah just pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of tampering with a witness and was sentenced to 18 months probation.

He was also prohibited from running for office for those 18 months, barring him until the 2010 election cycle.

Arza was arrested last year on charges he called fellow state representative Gus Barreiro and left expletive-laced messages on his voicemail after Barreiro filed a complaint alleging Arza repeatedly used the "N" word to describe Miami-Dade's black schools chief, Rudy Crew.