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Prosecutor says he won't investigate Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Amid calls for a third-party investigation into allegations made by ousted Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs said he won’t be getting involved.

“The Cabinet members are big boys and girls,” Meggs said Thursday. “They can do whatever they want. They all have investigators. Go investigate. If they don’t, shut up. It’s that simple.”

Meggs said he won’t even consider investigating until he receives a criminal complaint from Bailey himself.

“If Gerald Bailey wants to come into the office and file a complaint that someone has violated the law, then I’ll take a look at it,” Meggs said. “I generally don’t complaints from the media. If there is something, we need to handle it in the proper fashion.”

But Meggs said one of the first questions he would ask is why is Bailey only complaining now and not when he observed the alleged incidents taking place.

“I would be extremelly disappointed that he came in to tell me about a crime he knew about when he was commissioner,” Meggs said.

He didn’t think that would happen, he added.

“I was told this morning that he’s moved on with his life,” Meggs said. “I heard he won’t be filing a report, that he just wants to move forward.”

Meggs said the allegations that he has heard amount to a tempest in a teapot.

“It’s much ado about nothing,” Meggs said. He said the allegation that Bailey received pressure from Scott’s office is far from surprising.

“This is nothing more than a squabble,” he said. “I only have disagreements like this every day in my office. I really don’t see a story here.”

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