Circuit Court Judge Frank Sheffield declined Assistant State Attorney John Hutchins’ attempt to seal the case file and prevent lawyers representing former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Carletha Cole, from making statements to the media. Cole is accused of sharing an illegal recording of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll with the Florida Times-Union newspaper. The case also involves a mysterious fire that Cole found burning in a trash can in her office, which she believed was arson. Cole was later fired and in court documents, she claimed she fell out of favor with Carroll after encountering the lieutenant governor in a “compromising position” with his travel aide, Beatriz Ramos. The Assistant State Attorney filed a five-page motion asking for the gag order on Monday. Cole is charged with a felony. For more information go to the Miami Herald.
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