Published: Sep 26, 2012 6:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is trying to shield Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll from a criminal case involving one of her former aides.
    
Scott's top lawyer is asking a Leon County judge to issue a protective order that would prevent lawyers for Carletha Cole from questioning either Carroll or her travel aide Beatriz Ramos. A hearing is set for next month.
    
Cole is charged with violating state law for allegedly giving a recording of a conversation with Carroll's chief of staff to a newspaper reporter.
    
Cole's lawyers subsequently filed court documents in which Cole claimed to have found Carroll in a compromising position with Ramos. Carroll has denied the allegation.
    
Scott's general counsel argues Cole's lawyers are harassing the women and that their testimony is not relevant.

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