MIAMI - JANUARY 24: Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones attends Operation Hope For Haiti benefit at Bongos on January 24, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ted "Touche" Lucas;Michelle Spence-Jones
The bribery case against suspended Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones will move forward after a judge rejected her attorney's motion to dismiss the case Monday.
The case against Spence-Jones, in which she's accused of taking $25,000 from a developer in return for her help in securing votes, will now head to a jury, according to the Miami Herald.
Spence-Jones' lawyer, Peter Raben, argued that the money went to her charity, Friends of MLK Trust, for a party to honor former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler, and that the embattled pol received no personal benefit from the money.
Spence-Jones, 43, was indicted in March and was suspended twice by Gov. Charlie Crist. She has pleaded guilty and has called the efforts to indict her a "witch hunt."
The trial is set to begin Jan. 5.