Former Fla. GOP chair Greer argues for party email


ORLANDO, Fla. - Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer was back in court for a hearing in his criminal fraud case.

The judge in the case will hear from witnesses Wednesday about what it will cost for the GOP to produce computer records Greer's attorney has requested.

Some of the most prominent Florida Republicans are named as witnesses for Greer's trial on charges that he funneled GOP money to a private company he formed with an associate.

Greer pleaded not guilty.

Greer's attorney, Damon Chase, said the emails are crucial to his client's defense, but party officials are asking for more than $100,000 to produce them.

Chase said the true cost should be less than $1,000.

Given that Greer has said he has little money, Chase said he wouldn't be able to afford the emails.