MIAMI (AP) — A Florida appeals court says the city of Miami Lakes should restore a mayor who was acquitted after his arrest on federal corruption charges, even though a replacement mayor was later elected.
A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal on Friday rejected arguments from Miami Lakes' attorneys that Wayne Slaton's 2013 election after Michael Pizzi's arrest made him the rightful mayor.
In a statement issued by his attorney, Pizzi promised to "work energetically to return the town to a statewide model of municipal efficiency and governance."
Miami Lakes officials issued a statement saying the decision is under review. The court gave the town five days to file any further appeals.
Pizzi was arrested in 2013 in an FBI sting involving questionable city grants but was later acquitted.