Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi wins court appeal to have town cover his legal fees
Taxpayers to cover court fees of former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi
MIAMI – Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi had a big win in court Wednesday.
Five years ago, Pizzi was acquitted in a federal corruption case. The FBI arrested him and accused him of accepting bribe money upwards of $6,000.
Pizzi was eventually reinstated as mayor following a lengthy court battle with the town of Miami Lakes and former Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Pizzi then sued the town for at least $2.5 million to cover his mounting legal fees.
A Miami appeals court ruled Wednesday in Pizzi's favor, overturning a previous ruling that quashed his lawsuit against the town.
Following his reinstatement as mayor, Pizzi ran for re-election in 2015 and lost.
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