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Judge seeks political support from inmates



BROOKSVILLE -- In his election bid, Fifth Circuit Judge Ric Howard is seeking support from one of the most ironic places possible: the Hernando County jail.

He planted a campaign sign at the entrance to the local jail and state women's prison off Spring Hill Drive. Howard lives in Hernando County and once practiced law here but manages a felony docket in neighboring Citrus County.

It's Howard's first time running for office after being appointed to the bench in 2002 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush. So we'll give him a break. The sign isn't far from a bail bonds office -- a group that will surely support Howard, who is known for controversial and often tough sentences.

--John Frank, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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