Lawyers ready for trial for ex-Florida GOP leader Jim Greer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys said Tuesday they're ready for next month's trial of former Florida GOP leader Jim Greer, who is charged with funneling party money to his private company.

"We're ready to go," Greer's defense attorney, Damon Chase, told Circuit Judge Marc Lubet.

Greer's trial on theft and other charges is set to start Feb. 11, and it could be held in the same courtroom as Casey Anthony's murder trial, the judge said. Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

The Greer trial is expected to last two weeks.

Some of the most prominent Florida Republicans are named as witnesses. Greer is pleading not guilty to theft and other charges, claiming the case was politically motivated.

Lubet is now handling family law cases but has decided to remain the judge in Greer's criminal case. He asked attorneys to keep him informed should they reach some kind of deal.

After the brief hearing, Chase said that was unlikely.

"He is going to clear his name," Chase said.

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