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Scott’s lawyer admits he gave Fla. Supreme Court wrong info in high-speed rail argument

Scott’s lawyer admits he gave Fla. Supreme Court wrong info in high-speed rail argument.


Gov. Rick Scott’s legal counsel Thursday told the Florida Supreme Court that
he made an inaccurate representation on the amount of money already spent on
the state’s high-speed rail project — a key detail that may have helped
cinch the governor’s victory in a constitutional tug-of-war.

In a two-page letter to Chief Justice Charles Canady, Scott’s general counsel,
Charles Trippe, acknowledged he misrepresented a central fact in arguments
last month supporting the governor’s rejection of $2.4 billion in federal
funds for the project linking Tampa with Orlando.

Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera, one of two senators who sued Scott saying he had
exceeded his constitutional authority in killing the project, said Thursday
evening that Trippe’s letter is a “huge admission.”

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail

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