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Corruption And Cover-up | Judge Finds Evidence In Mayor Marks Case ‘Insufficient’ For Ethics Violation; Ethics Case Could Be Thrown Out

Judge finds evidence in Mayor Marks case ‘insufficient’ for ethics violation

4:07 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |  By Jeff Burlew, Democrat Senior Writer Of The Tallahassee Democrat
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.  /  Democrat file photo

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A judge has found that evidence in the ethics case against Mayor John Marks was “insufficient to establish clearly and convincingly” that he violated the law when he voted on matters involving city vendors.
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Administrative Law Judge Lawrence Stevenson, who presided over a one-day hearing in the case last month, issued his recommended order in the case this afternoon. It’s expected to go to the Florida Commission on Ethics for a final decision.
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The Ethics Commission in June charged Marks with five counts of violating state ethics laws by voting on matters involving Honeywell, a client of his former law firm, and separately, the Alliance for Digital Equality, an Atlanta nonprofit that paid him as a member of its board of advisers.
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Under Florida’s ethics laws, local officials are prohibited from voting on any measure that would give them, a principal who has retained them, a relative or a business associate a special, private gain. Officials found guilty can face penalties including fines and, in the most serious cases, suspension or removal from office.
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Check back with Tallahassee.com for more on this story.

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Posted: Tue 6:00 PM, Nov 27, 2012
Reporter: Andy Alcock  Email | WCTV.Tv
Updated: Tue 6:01 PM, Nov 27, 2012

Tallahassee, FL – The ethics case against Tallahassee Mayor John Marks could be thrown out.

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The administrative law judge in the case says there’s not enough evidence to show the mayor violated the law by profiting from votes he made.

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The case will now go back to the ethics commission to make a final ruling in the case originally brought by local businessman Erwin Jackson.

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