Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella's hearing to overturn laws postponed

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella’s hearing to overturn the state’s public-records retention laws on Wednesday has been postponed.

The Attorney General’s office took over the case Monday. The chief assistant attorney general and senior assistant attorney general are now reviewing the lawsuit.

They have 30 days before a new hearing date can be announced, according to Faiella’s attorney John Anastasio.

Faiella on April 25 sued the Florida Department of State, seeking to overturn the retention laws that apply to local governments.

It was those rules that triggered civil charges against Faiella for deleting text messages from her city-issued phone for more than five months.

Martin County Judge Kathleen Roberts dismissed the charge against Faiella on May 9. Roberts also dismissed a second charge that Faiella discussed city business when a public meeting was not scheduled.

Roberts ruled that the state’s speedy-trial and recapture periods had expired.

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