Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has 20 days to amend his go well with towards the City of Miami Lakes, which seeks about $2.5 in reimbursed authorized charges stemming from Pizzi’s federal legal case and reinstatement as mayor.
On Wednesday, Circuit Courtroom Decide Antonio Marin granted a movement to dismiss the grievance with out prejudice, after figuring out the grievance didn’t show that Pizzi was serving a “public function” in looking for the city’s reimbursement of his charges, amongst different points.
Pizzi, who final month misplaced a bid for his third time period as mayor, was arrested three years in the past on federal bribery expenses. In 2014, he was acquitted. After a prolonged and dear courtroom battle with the city and Gov. Rick Scott, he was reinstated as mayor.
Pizzi then sued the city for his authorized charges.
The 20-day interval provides Pizzi’s lawyer, Benedict Kuehne, an opportunity to amend the grievance and be extra particular, Kuehne stated Wednesday night time.
“That is actually only a technical ruling,” he stated. “The case continues to be pending. That is nothing greater than authorized posturing by the city.”
On Wednesday night, Miami Lakes put out a press launch declaring, “Case towards city was dismissed.”
“In dismissing the regulation go well with (sic) the Courtroom discovered that Pizzi was not appearing in an official capability or serving a public objective when charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit extortion in 2014,” the city wrote.
Pizzi stated Wednesday the grievance being dismissed “doesn’t change something.”
“The grievance will probably be refiled with further info,” he stated. “We’re absolutely assured on the finish of the day that we’ll prevail.”