- By Hannah Winston Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley denied former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie's lawyer's motion to dismiss the charges against her Tuesday afternoon.
Haynie is charged with three counts of felony official misconduct for obtaining benefits by falsifying official documents, perjury, misuse of public office among other charges. Those charges stem from $335,000 in income Haynie never reported on financial disclosure forms required by law, according to bank records subpoenaed by the State Attorney's Office.
A third of the income came from James Batmasian, the largest private commercial landowner in the Boca Raton area, or his businesses.
Investigators found Haynie voted at least four times on projects that gave Batmasian "a special financial benefit," while Haynie’s property management firm that she created with her husband, Community Reliance, was collecting a steady stream of paychecks from Batmasian's businesses.
In court Tuesday, Bruce Zimet, Haynie's attorney, argued that he was not trying to end the case, but to have the prosecution make its charges clear, not only for his client but also for jurors when the case goes to trial.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes argued that there is no case law mentioned in the motion to dismiss that supports what the defense is asking for.
“The defense is basically requesting a level of specificity that exists nowhere in the law,” he said.
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