Embattled Florida school superintendent offers to resign, pleads not guilty to perjury
The South Florida superintendent overseeing Broward County schools has offered to resign amid continuing criticism over the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a perjury charge from a statewide grand jury.
Robert Runcie’s offer late Tuesday came hours after he released a video statement saying he would be cleared of the perjury charge and would not step down. The district’s top lawyer also resigned on Tuesday night. Both were indicted by a grand jury last week.
In new paperwork filed Wednesday, Runcie pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested a trial by jury. He also filed a motion to dismiss the case, calling it “vague, indefinite and uncertain as to embarrass and hinder the defendant in the preparation of defendant’s defense and in the event of conviction or acquittal, would subject the defendant to multiple trials on the same circumstances.”
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