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Jenne's friends seek mercy from judge



Former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne faces sentencing Friday in a federal courtroom in Fort Lauderdale and long-time friends and supporters are asking U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas to show mercy on a fallen figure who once was among Tallahassee's most powerful.

Tallahassee lawyer-lobbyist Reginald Garcia, a staffer for Jenne in the Senate two decades ago, urged the judge to "consider his 35-year public service career and record of excellence as a state prosecutor, county commissioner, state senator and state leader."

Garcia described Jenne as "an outstanding husband and father" who worked to expand access to health care and higher education, and who stayed by his long-time friend Bob Butterworth on Election Night in 1986 when Butterworth was suffering through a family tragedy.

Others who wrote letters on the Democrat's behalf, Garcia said, include former Insurance Commissioner Bill Gunter; former American Bar Association president Martha Barnett; former House speakers Jon Mills and H. Lee Moffitt; and former state Sen. Ken Plante.

Federal prosecutors are recommending the maximum penalty of 24 months for Jenne, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud conspiracy and tax evasion and resigned his office in September.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:27am]


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