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Appeal court rebuffs Bondi on prison privatization

Attorney General Pam Bondi ssaid she only sought to intervene in the case at the behest of the Legislature. Photo Credit: Ana Goni-Lessan

Florida's attorney general has wide legal latitude to intervene in policy matters before the courts, but she can't start in the playoffs if she didn't take part in the regular season, a state appeal court ruled Tuesday.

Attorney General Pam Bondi's move to appeal a ruling that blocked privatization of 29 prisons in South Florida was unanimously rejected by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal. Bondi issued a terse statement saying she only sought to intervene at the behest of the Legislature, and did not indicate whether she might ask the Florida Supreme Court to revive the issue.

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