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Former House Speaker Sansom Seeks $800k Legal Fees

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Posted at 4:38 AM, Feb 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-26 04:38:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom is asking a judge to award him $800,000 in taxpayer money for legal fees from his successful defense against a 2009 indictment for official misconduct.

A bench trial in Sansom's lawsuit against the state seeking the fees is scheduled for Thursday in Leon County Circuit Court.

Sansom was accused of seeking $6 million in state money for a hangar at the Destin airport for Jay Odom, a local businessman and major Republican donor. Sansom said the money was for a hurricane-proof emergency operations center.

The charges were dropped by State Attorney Willie Meggs after a judge refused to let a key witness testify. The Destin Republican argues that the state should pay the tab because the charges were related to his official legislative duties.