State Attorney Turns Report Over to Grand Jury

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Embattled Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom may now be facing a grand jury.

Veteran State Attorney Willie Meggs in Tallahassee told the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday that he will turn over complaints about Sansom's former college job to a grand jury to determine if any laws were broken.

Last week, Sansom hired Tallahassee attorney Richard Coates to help him defend against an ethics complaint resulting from taking a six-figure job at the school he'd helped get millions of taxpayer dollars.

Sansom, 46, said Monday he was resigning the $110,000 job effective Jan. 31.

The speaker's office had no immediate response to the grand jury development and Meggs did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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