As jury selection was about to get underway Monday, former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer surprised everyone by pleading guilty to theft and money laundering charges, the Huffington Post reported.
Greer agreed to a last-minute deal with prosecutors, entering five separate guilty pleas. Sentencing is scheduled for March 27, and he faces a maximum of 42.6 months in prison.
“Sometimes clearing your name is not as important as taking care of your family,” Greer’s attorney Damon Chase said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
So the trial that was expected to embarrass the Republican Party and reflect poorly on former Gov. Charlie Crist will not take place, although civil proceedings are still possible.
Since Greer had promised to exact revenge on those he felt had done him wrong, today’s development allows party officials to breath a sigh of relief.
Speaking of the trial and its potential impact on the Republican Party in an interview with the Miami New Times recently, Greer said, “It’s going to be a Shakespearean play where everyone dies in the end.”
As for now, all will live to fight another day.
The following statement was released by RPOF Executive Director Mike Grissom:
“Today, Jim Greer, the man Charlie Crist personally picked to lead the Republican Party of Florida, admitted his guilt to five felony charges. For the past three years, Jim Greer has tried to damage the reputation of the Republican Party and its leaders, but the truth is now known that Jim Greer broke the law, stole from RPOF and our donors, and then said and did everything he could to cover up and distract attention from his crimes. Everything Jim Greer has said and done over these past few years should be considered in that light.”
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