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Thorton case puts judge in spotlight

Citrus Circuit Court judge Ric Howard can't be too happy about this: A high-profile Tampa law firm has taken up the cause of William Thorton IV, the then-teenage defendent Howard sentenced to 30 years for two counts of vehicular homicide.

The new appeal from Cohen, Jayson & Foster comes as Howard is facing a challenger in November for the first time since he joined the bench in 2000, Inverness attorney Rhonda Portwood. Read the story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:27am]


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