Breaking: The MBI has dropped its racketeering charges against the Orlando Weekly, as well as misdemeanor and felony charges it filed against three Weekly employees last October for selling ads to prostitutes. As it turns out, the MBI brain-trust hit a small hitch - there's not really anything illegal about that.
Per the settlement, the three employees will enter into what's called pre-trial diversion - the same thing that happened to Buddy Dyer when the state dropped charges against him in 2005. The paper also agreed to stop running the Adult Services ads, and reimbursed the MBI $10,000 for its investigation.
We will have much more on this very shortly, so watch this space.
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