New judge to hear Spence-Jones' term limits lawsuit

Richard Dunn sues Miami city commissioner over third consecutive term


MIAMI – A second Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge scheduled a hearing in the term limits lawsuit for Miami city commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.

A hearing was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday before Judge Marc Schumacher, but was reset until sometime next week.

Judge Jorge Cueto recused himself from the case Tuesday. He previously ruled that Spence-Jones couldn't run for a third consecutive term because it would violate the city charter, which only allows for two terms.

Former commissioner Richard Dunn sued her over the issue.

Schumacher can uphold Cueto's ruling or hear the case again.

Cueto investigated Spence-Jones when he was a prosecutor during her corruption case, which removed her from office for 17 months soon after she was elected to her second term. The bribery charges against her were dropped and Spence-Jones returned to the commission while receiving back pay and attorney's fees from the city.

Spence-Jones claimed that time out of office allowed her to seek a third term since she didn't actually serve a full second term.