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  • Former Supreme Court chief justice to preside over Jameis Winston hearing

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago

    Retired Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding will preside over the upcoming student code of conduct hearing for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, according to reports.

    Winston faces as many as four conduct violations stemming from an alleged sexual assault of former student in December 2012. The state attorney's office in Tallahassee declined to press charges against Winston following an investigation last fall. The alleged victim filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, which prompted a Title IX investigation.

    There is no set date for when Winston's student conduct code hearing will take place.

    Harding, 79, was a state Supreme Court justice from 1991 to 2000. Harding is currently a practicing attorney with the law firm Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee, but has no ties to Florida State University. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., graduated from Wake Forest and Virginia's law school. He was selected over two other retired Florida Supreme Court justices, Joseph Hatchett and Charles T. Wells.

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