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Controversial rulings plague judge's re-election



A lengthy track record with some controversial rulings plagues Circuit Judge Richard "Ric" Howard as he campaigns against an insurgent challenger to keep his spot on the bench in Citrus County.

Prompted by criticism from opponent Rhonda Portwood, the race for the Group 11 seat in the 5th Judicial Circuit is turning into a referendum on Howard's tenure and the fairness of his sentences. Read full story here.

It stands apart from the tame race between attorneys Sandy Hawkins, Michael Lamberti and Denise Lyn for an open seat in the same circuit.

--John Frank, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]


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