Fla. County Officials Fined For 'Textgate' Scandal

Law360, Miami (August 29, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT) -- Leaders from Orange County, Fla., face $500 fines after a state attorney determined that they violated state public records laws when they deleted text messages about a paid-sick-time measure debated at a 2012 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton of the Ninth Judicial Circuit said in a report released Wednesday that an investigation of the so-called “Textgate” scandal conducted by his office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Office of Executive Investigations did not find any criminal wrongdoing by County Mayor Theresa...
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