Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mackey Free a Year Pursuing Appeals New Trial Request Filed on Jan. 15

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mackey Free a Year Pursuing Appeals New Trial Request Filed on Jan. 15

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TALLAHASSEE -- More than a year after he was convicted of omitting $36,000 from his 1993 federal income tax return, former state Rep. Randy Mackey of Lake City is still free, pursuing appeals.

Mackey was originally expected to enter prison to begin serving an 18-month sentence late last year, but U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle allowed him to remain free pending the outcome of the appeal.

Mackey contends he was denied a fair trial because the government withheld information that would have helped his case.

Hinkle has had the request for a new trial under consideration since Jan. 15, an unusually long time. There has been no indication when he will rule.

A separate appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has been delayed until Hinkle decides whether to grant a new trial.

Mackey is working and apparently doing well, his attorney, Steve Dobson, said. Dobson said he did not know details of Mackey's employment, but it involves some sales work. …

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