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  • poltava_vic poltava_vic Feb 11, 2013 4:05 PM Flag

    GOP on trial!


    ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida pleaded guilty to money laundering and theft charges on Monday, preempting a trial that threatened to reveal some potentially embarrassing details about the party that dominates politics in the state.

    Jim Greer, who was indicted in 2010, entered five separate guilty pleas in an Orlando courthouse in a last-minute deal with prosecutors. Jury selection in his long-awaited trial had been scheduled to get under way a short time later.

    "We had an awful lot of people that didn't want the trial to go forward," Damon Chase, Greer's defense lawyer, told reporters after the guilty pleas were entered in open court.

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