Commissioner cleared of charges in developer bribes case

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Michelle Spence-Jones, the Miami commissioner accused of soliciting bribes from a developer in advance of a 2006 vote on the Met 2 office and hotel complex, was found not guilty yesterday after a 90-minute deliberation by a jury. Prosecutors had argued that Armando Cordina, who was managing the leasing at the Met 2 project, and developer Ricardo Glas, who was building it, gave $12,500 to Friends of MLK Trust, a charity they said was a sham run out of Spence-Jones’ office, in March 2006. Spence-Jones said the charity was legitimate, while Codina testified that he would have given the donation with or without the impending vote. [Miami Herald]