Sansom Seeks Dismissal
Former House Speaker Ray Sansom and his two co-defendants entered a Tallahassee courtroom Wednesday Sept. 2 to ask a judge to drop their criminal charges.
The three were indicted by a grand jury for planning to build an airplane hangar using 6 million state dollars, by disguising the project as a college classroom space.
The prosecution says Sansom mislead members of the legislature because they didn’t know the money would be used to build an airplane hanger.
The defendants, Sansom, Former college president Bob Richburg, and Developer Jay Odem, claim they never planned to use the building as a hanger. Steve Dobson, Sansom’s Attorney, told the judge leasing the hanger would have been out of their hands.
According to Dobson, “Ray Sansom could not have leased Jay Odem that property. Dr. Richburg could not have leased Jay Odem that property.” However, State Attorney Willie Meggs says emails in the case show otherwise.
The judge asked both sides for more paper work. A decision is scheduled to be made by Sept. 9th.
When the court recessed for lunch none of the defendants would discuss the case. It was clear they were uncomfortable around the cameras.
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