By RONNIE ELLIS
Most of the details won’t become public until a federal judge rules on a revised guilty plea, but Monday the Executive Branch Ethics Committee approved the largest settlement in its history with former Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer.
Those details will be released, according to the commission’s executive director, John Steffen, if the federal court approves Farmer’s revised plea of guilty and a deal worked out among his attorney, federal and state prosecutors, and the ethics commission. A hearing on the revised plea is scheduled for Friday in federal court.
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