- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The suspended mayor of Miami Lakes has turned to the Florida Supreme Court in an effort to win back his job at city hall after his acquittal on federal corruption charges.

Attorneys for Michael Pizzi asked the high court in a filing Thursday to force Gov. Rick Scott to reinstate him as Miami Lakes mayor. Scott has refused to do so because voters elected a new mayor in a special election shortly after Pizzi was indicted last year.

Pizzi was cleared earlier this month by a federal jury of seven corruption-related charges brought after an undercover FBI investigation into questionable city grant applications.

Pizzi contends he should be allowed to serve out his term that ends in 2016. Current Mayor Wayne Slaton says he has no intention of stepping aside.