After facing a grand jury on corruption charges, former House Speaker Ray Sansom gave an emotional recount of his experiences.
“On May 25, 2011, my family and I were rescued from the evil claws of State Attorney Willie Meggs. God clearly stepped into our lives and gently let us walk out of the courtroom free and innocent. I will never get over what God did for us that beautiful spring day in Tallahassee,” said Sansom at the Republican Club of Santa Rosa County meeting June 2.
According to myfloridahouse.gov, Sansom faced a citizen complaint alleging violations of House ethics rules for accepting employment as a College administrator during his term in office after successfully steering millions of dollars to the College as Chair of the House Policy and Budget Council; causing funds to be appropriated to the College for a construction project which also personally benefitted one of his and his political party’s major campaign contributors; and attending a private meeting of the Board of Trustees of the College in an apparent violation of Florida’s Sunshine Laws. A grand jury investigation led to Sansom’s indictment on charges of official misconduct and perjury.
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