Horne, former speaker, Senate president dead at 84

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Mallory Horne, the only person to serve as Florida Senate president and House speaker, has died. He was 84.

Horne's death early Thursday was announced by state Senator Al Lawson on the Senate floor, where he had been honored just two weeks ago.

Horne, a Democrat, was speaker in 1962 and 1963. He became Senate president in 1973 before running unsuccessfully for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 1974.

He was acquitted of money laundering in a celebrated 1985 trial where his nephew, Melvin Horne, and two other men, were convicted of drug smuggling.

But defending himself exhausted Horne's wealth, forcing him to sell his home and a piece of land while the notoriety of the case virtually destroyed his law practice.

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