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Superintendent’s attorneys file motion to dismiss indictment

The latest motion filed by Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie's attorneys want indictment dismissed.
The latest motion filed by Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie's attorneys want indictment dismissed.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – In the latest motion filed by Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie’s attorneys, we learned that they want the indictment dismissed or want more details on the charges.

The motion stated, in part: “Mr. Runcie respectfully contends that (the) indictment fails to sufficiently inform him of the particulars of his offense to prepare a defense in this case.”

The newly filed motion also revealed that Runcie gave testimony before the statewide grand jury for 18 hours over a two-day span on March 31 and April 1.

His attorneys feel confident he’ll be exonerated.

[RELATED STORY: Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie arrested on perjury charge; School Board attorney also arrested]

On Friday morning, a group of community, business, religious leaders and other officials gathered outside the Broward County Public Schools Administration building to voice their support for Runcie.

“Is this politics or is it poli-tricks?” asked Basil Bernard, president of Apricot Office Interiors, who was one of the supporters to speak at a podium set up in front of the building.

It’s all politics, dirty politics, they say.

“It is a political castration of a man, his good name and the future of those like him who would dare go against the grain of the status quo,” said Pastor Derrick Hughes of First Baptist Piney Grove.

On Wednesday, Runcie was taken into custody by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on a charge of perjury in an official proceeding, which means he lied under oath to a grand jury. School Board attorney Barbara Myrick was also arrested.

On Tuesday, April 27, at the school board’s regular meeting, they will be discussing Runcie’s future as superintendent.

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness said Runcie was one of the best school superintendents he has known in his 45 years living in Broward.

Holness urged members of the community to go to the School Board meeting Tuesday to voice their support for Runcie.

About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.