Politics & Government

Former Florida House speaker seeks delay in probe

TALLAHASSEE — Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom insists he did not misuse his position when he funneled tens of millions to a state college that later hired him, but he wants a legislative panel to delay its investigation until after his criminal trial.

"Rep. Sansom denies all of the probable cause allegations'' outlined in a report by an investigator hired by the House, reads a letter delivered Friday to Rep. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who will oversee the tribunal.

Sansom, a Destin Republican, is scheduled to go to trial as early as Sept. 29 on felony charges stemming from a $6 million airport project he secured for Northwest Florida State College. A grand jury — and the House investigator — concluded that Sansom's friend Jay Odom planned to use the hangar-like building to store aircraft as part of his private airport business.

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