Former state Sen. Mandy Dawson seeks less jail time, admits to cocaine abuse


Sun Sentinel

When former South Florida lawmaker Mandy Dawson is sentenced Friday for tax crimes related to a pay-to-play political corruption case, she wants a federal judge to give her a lighter punishment because of her depression and ongoing illegal drug abuse problems.

Dawson admitted that she abused cocaine on one occasion while she was free on bond since being arrested a year ago on the federal charges, court records show.

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