[UPDATE] Scott's Attorney Admits Mistake to Supreme Court

By: The News Service of Florida; Associated Press Email
By: The News Service of Florida; Associated Press Email

[UPDATE] 4-15 Noon -

Gov. Scott’s top legal counsel has told the Florida Supreme Court that he gave the court wrong information in a key instance in a case over high speed rail, the Palm Beach Post has reported. The Post reported late Thursday that General Counsel Charles Trippe wrote to Chief Justice Charles Canady to notify the court that he misrepresented what some justices appeared to think was a key fact in the argument over the governor’s rejection of federal money for high speed rail. Scott was sued by Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera and Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, over the issue, arguing that the Legislature had made the rail a stated goal through legislation – and appropriated $130 million to spend on rail, an appropriation that the governor couldn’t simply ignore. The Supreme Court sided with the governor. Trippe told justices that $110 million of the $130 million that the Florida Legislature had approved for the project in 2009 had already been spent. That meant lawmakers didn’t have as big an argument about him preventing them from carrying out an appropriation – the remaining $20 million was, in the words of one justice, “de minimus.” But Trippe acknowledged in his letter that only $31 million has been spent. "We knew (Trippe) was wrong when he said it in court,” Altman told the Post. “But we couldn't stop him from saying it." The state money would have gone with $2.4 billion from Washington that Scott rejected to build high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. It may be moot, even if the Supreme Court were to re-consider the issue. The federal government, as part of a budget balancing deal, is pulling back its plans to send money to the states for high speed rail. On Friday, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott said the error unintentional. Mr. Trippe was actually the one to bring it to the attention of the Supreme Court," Scott spokesman Lane Wright told the News Service Friday. "It was an honest mistake and it was corrected as soon as the error was discovered."


Governor Rick Scott's attorney has told the Florida Supreme Court that he was wrong about the money already spent on the state's high-speed rail project while defending the governor's right to kill it.

Scott's general counsel, Charles Trippe, sent Chief Justice Charles Canady, a letter Thursday, acknowledging that he gave inaccurate figures during oral arguments last month. Figures supporting the governor's rejection of $2.4 billion in federal funds for the project linking Tampa with Orlando.

A suit was filed against the governor for overstepping his executive power last month, but the court ruled for Scott and the federal government withdrew money for the high speed rail project.

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  • by Monica Location: D.C on Apr 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    " I made a mistake" is now more popular that Bill Clinton's " I did not have sex with that woman"
  • by there you go again Location: loook on Apr 15, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    Dont worry Scotty just plead the 5th 100 times this time.Ibelieve you have shown in 100 days all youre goig to do is everything against the people of fla.You wont talk to the news and stated time and time again you dont care what the people think of you.You are a rude, evil inexperienced crooked crook.Ive live in fla my entire life and you need to go, never seen anything like you.Do you have a birth certificate , as you need it for a visa but dont think any country will welcome as the JUICE OJ.Get gone before you really end up behind bars . Your wore out your welcome and trust in only100 days.You can get a job as obamas campaign manager if your lucky. Your highly would fit that position BYE
  • by Motion Granted Location: Tallahassee on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    John Marks must have Rick Scott for a client and Bill Proctor for an advisor. I hope the FBI task force gets all of the evidence. I also hope Larry Cambell has room at the inn.
  • by Ramblin Rose II Location: Tallahassee on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    How is giving away Florida taxpayers money to another state "the right decision"? The only way he could defend the decision was to lie to the Supreme court.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 05:10 PM in reply to Ramblin Rose II
      No money went to another state! HSR funny money deals have been cancelled.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:32 PM in reply to Ramblin Rose II
      what money? Charlie got suckered into a con game with BHO. Governor Scott made the right decision.
  • by What??? Noooooo on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Republicans giving out bad information? Noooooo...it can't be. What is this world coming to?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    Either way, Scott made the RIGHT decisions to not fund the rail. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:33 PM in reply to
      How do you know that? They lied about the numbers.
  • by Rose Location: Tallahassee on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    ...Oh, yeah, and the Republican clerk in Wisconsin election can't enter a simple number when she's been a "Data Analyst" for years, either. Wow--sabotage masquerading as incompetence--a specialty of the GOP these days.
  • by Bad information??? on Apr 15, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    It seems I have heard this before. Going on the given information a decision was made that could cost billions. Then once the decision was made and no turning back then say...Oooops my bad. I had bad information. Oh well we are commited. Earlier it was our invasion of Iraq.
  • by R. Scott Location: Mayors office on Apr 15, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    First John Marks now Rick Scott " I made a mistake" It was only a 2 billion dollar mistake citizens of Florida. And I already said I enjoy having the lowest approval ratings in the history of Florida. After all, Do you think I am supposed to represent the people or something?
  • by Let Scott Fund It on Apr 15, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    Since they made such a big mistake then maybe Scott should cough up the cash for the project out of his own pockets.
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