- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (AP) - The mayor of Miami Lakes is continuing his battle for $3.2 million in legal fees after he was acquitted of federal corruption charges and a lengthy court fight with the city.

A Miami-Dade judge recently refused the city’s attempts to dismiss Pizzi’s lawsuits seeking to recover the fees. That means Miami Lakes now must file a legal response in the Pizzi case.

Pizzi was reinstated as mayor of the Miami suburb in April, after a state appeals court agreed he should serve out his term through November 2016.

Pizzi was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott after his August 2013 arrest in an FBI corruption investigation. After a jury acquitted him, Scott lifted the suspension but the town fought unsuccessfully in court to keep Pizzi out of office.


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