Former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a challenge to his conviction in a case that involves consulting work on a permitting issue for a nonprofit organization.
Bateman filed a notice last week asking the Supreme Court to hear the case after the 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld his conviction in December, according to documents posted Monday on the Supreme Court website. As is common, the notice does not detail arguments Bateman will make to the Supreme Court.
Bateman’s attorneys contended in the 3rd District Court of Appeal that he should be acquitted on a charge of unlawful compensation or reward for exerting influence on another official’s behavior and a charge of violating a Miami-Dade County lobbyist-registration ordinance, according to the December ruling.
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Bateman was indicted after an investigation that focused on his efforts, while serving as mayor, to convince Miami-Dade County to speed up a permitting process for a sewer pumping station in Homestead. Bateman had entered into a consulting agreement with the nonprofit Community Health of South Florida, which wanted the permit approved so it could move forward with building a children’s crisis center, according to the ruling.
After being convicted by a jury on the two charges, Bateman received a 22-month sentence. The jury also found Bateman guilty on a charge of unlawful compensation for official behavior, but a circuit judge subsequently acquitted him on that charge.