Fla. Attorney General ends bid to force testimony in Lt. Gov. Carroll case

Jennifer Carroll
Posted at 5:59 PM, Dec 19, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is dropping her push to force a newspaper reporter to testify in a criminal case involving a former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

Bondi earlier this month asked an appeals court to overrule a judge who blocked prosecutors from interviewing Matt Dixon, a reporter with The Florida Times-Union.

Bondi's office late Wednesday withdrew the appeal.

A spokeswoman for Bondi acknowledged the withdrawal but said she could not comment on the decision.

Carletha Cole, a former aide to Carroll, was arrested in 2011. She was accused of giving Dixon a secret recording containing a conversation between Cole and John Konkus, Carroll's chief of staff.

The appeal filed by Bondi contended that the criminal case against Cole could fall apart if prosecutors could not interview Dixon.