Following an official finding of Probable Cause by the Florida Ethics Commission on February 3. 2012, Senator Jim Norman has formally signed off on an admission of guilt.
The charges stemmed from a 2006 gift of $500,000 given by businessman and political powerbroker Ralph Hughes to Norman’s wife, Mearline. The Ethics Commission had charged him with receiving a gift and not reporting it, as required by law.
Once a Probable Cause finding is reached by the commission, the defendant must either admit guilt by signing a Consent Order, or agree to a full blown trial before an administrative law judge.
In spite of the claims made by Norman’s attorney, Mark Levine, to fight the commission finding even if it meant undergoing a full blown trial, he admitted his guilt in a signed statement on February 9, 2012.
The Ethics Commission must approve his signed admission of guilt. A meeting has been scheduled for March 30, 2012 to bring the case to closure.
George Niemann is a Daily Loaf contributor, R-LAND, UCAN and FSP activist.
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