MIAMI (AP) -- Prosecutors have dropped the grand theft charge
against a suspended Miami commissioner.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told The
Miami Herald (http://bit.ly/oUfLKt ) on Tuesday that she was
dropping the case because prosecutors couldn't prove the evidence
beyond a reasonable doubt.
Authorities had said Spence-Jones illegally steered $50,000 in
county grants to a family business in 2005, before she became a
But a key witness against Spence-Jones, former Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler, changed her
testimony, hurting the prosecution's case.
With the theft charge dropped and Spence-Jones' acquittal on
unrelated bribery charges earlier this year, she is eligible to
retake her commission seat, along with nearly two years back pay
Richard P. Dunn II has represented Spence-Jones' district since
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