Miami commissioner sues mayor, prosecutor


Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 5:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 5:54 p.m.

MIAMI — A Miami city commissioner is suing the mayor and the county's top prosecutor, claiming an unsuccessful corruption case against her was a conspiracy based on a political vendetta.

The federal lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed Monday by commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones against Mayor Tomas Regalado, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and two others.

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

The lawsuit accuses Regalado and Rundle of working together on a fabricated and malicious corruption case intended to drive Spence-Jones from office. Rundle's office said the lawsuit is under review. The mayor's office had no immediate comment.

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