This afternoon, Richie Farmer pleaded not guilty to federal charges of misuse of funds during his tenure as Agriculture Commissioner. Earlier this week, he was indicted on four counts of misappropriating government property and money, and one count of soliciting property in exchange for a government grant.
Farmer, who faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the five counts, will be free until his trial on July 2. However, he did have the nerve to ask the judge if he could go on vacation to Cancun to celebrate his girlfriend’s 40th birthday prior to the trial. Not surprisingly, the judge said no.