Ex-Official’s Lawsuit Against Miami Mayor Tossed

Mayor Regaldo

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a former Miami city commissioner’s lawsuit claiming the mayor and the county’s top prosecutor launched an unsuccessful corruption case against her as a political vendetta.

U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks on Friday dismissed the lawsuit filed last December by former Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones against Mayor Tomas Regalado, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and others.

Spence-Jones was charged with bribery and grand theft and removed from office in 2010 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. A jury acquitted her of bribery, the grand theft charges were dropped and Spence-Jones returned to the city commission.

She left office last month due to term limits.

Middlebrooks found no merit to the lawsuit claiming Regalado and Rundle used the corruption case to try to drive her from office.

Source: Associated Press