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J.T. Burnette's attorneys ask judge to dismiss federal indictment

Posted at 8:34 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 14:52:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Attorneys for John "J.T." Burnette, a suspect in Tallahassee's public corruption investigation, have asked a judge to drop all charges against him.

The Tallahassee businessman has been indicted in connection to an FBI probe into bribery and racketeering among City of Tallahassee officials.

Suspended Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Charles Maddox, and Tallahassee political consultant Janice Paige Carter-Smith have also been indicted on 44 counts related to the investigation.

According to court documents, in a motion filed Monday, Burnette’s lawyers, Tim Jansen and Greg Kehoe, accused former FBI agent Josh Doyle of fabricating information in a 2017 report about alleged bribe payments Burnette was making to Maddox to help with his developments.

Burnette is set to head to trial on November 4.

Maddox and Carter-Smith took a plea deal.

The maximum terms of imprisonment for the offenses are as follows:

• 20 years: Racketeering Conspiracy, Extortion, and Honest Services Fraud

• 5 years: Use of Interstate Facilities in Furtherance of Bribery, Making False Statements to a Federal Officer