Suspended Miami City Commissioner is acquitted of bribery.
Suspended Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones has been found not guilty of grand theft and bribery charges.
It took a jury about an hour Wednesday to render a verdict in the case, which became a disaster for state prosecutors almost from the outset.
Spence-Jones was District 5 commissioner when she was arrested for allegedly forcing a developer to give $25,000 to a charity in exchange for her support on a hotel project in 2006.
The developer in the case, Armando Codina, was supposed to help bolster the state's case with his testimony, but he testified that Spence-Jones never offered her support for the project.
That crippled the state's theory so much that the judge almost acquitted Spence-Jones before the case was given to the jury.
Spence-Jones was suspended from office twice by former Gov. Charlie Crist because of the corruption allegations.
She was initially suspended for the arrest, but ran in a special election and was overwhelmingly chosen by voters to return to her post.
Crist was forced to boot her again. The Rev. Richard Dunn has taken Spence-Jones' place on the commission.
Now it's unclear if the charismatic leader will try to get back into office.