Harr was arrested in August on charges of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, bid tampering and entering contract resulting from bid tampering related to a multimillion dollar scanning contract involving former Brevard County Clerk of Court Mitch Needelman, 60, and his one-time business partner, lobbyist William Matthew Dupree, 47.
In the motion, Harr charges that “every judge in the Eighteenth Circuit has a close working relationship with Scott Ellis, Brevard County Clerk of Court, and his staff.” The motion also notes that “as Clerk of Court, Mr. Ellis is a plaintiff in a civil suit seeking damages and recission of the contracts that form the basis of the criminal charge.”
Ellis has been vocally critical of the $8.6 million scanning contract since last year. Much of the basis of the motion is related to stories that have appeared exclusively in Brevard Times.
Needleman, who was charged bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, bid tampering, entering contract resulting from bid tampering, unlawful campaign contribution in the name of another, and falsifying records filed similar motions for the disqualification of judges and change of trial venue on November 5.
Both Needleman and Harr are scheduled for a docket sounding on January 6, 2014 at the Moore Justice Center in Viera. Dupree, who is charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, bid tampering and unlawful campaign contribution in the name of another, is scheduled for a docket sounding on December 11 in Viera.