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Martin Lee Anderson arrests



Gov. Bush: “Today, Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober announced the completion of his investigation into the death of Martin Lee Anderson. I want to thank Mr. Ober, his team and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office for their diligent work.

“The long-awaited results released by Mr. Ober and the arrests being made today following his thorough investigation are a very important part of the judicial process. Seven guards and a nurse are in the process of being arrested for aggravated manslaughter on a child, which is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison...We also hope that when the process is completed, Martin Lee Anderson’s family will have the answers to the questions they legitimately have.  My thoughts and prayers remain with their family.”

Democratic Sens. Tony Hill and Frederica Wilson: “We are extremely pleased that the state has finally acted against those involved in the death of Mr. Anderson. For more than 11 months now, the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators has vigilantly followed the developments of this case, from the initial release of the video memorializing Martin’s brutal death, to the callous remarks by some officials tasked with apprehending those responsible for his beating, and finally the exhumation of Martin’s body so that a scrupulous medical examiner was able to conduct an independent autopsy.

"... Our thanks go to Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober for diligently seeking the truth, the governor for hearing our voices and acting on them, the entire FCBSL and NAACP for standing firm, and the students throughout Tallahassee who kept Martin alive as they marched in his memory."

Attorney General (and Gov.-elect) Charlie Crist: "The death of Martin Lee Anderson was a horrible tragedy and today's arrests mark an important step toward obtaining justice. I appreciate the hard work by State Attorney Mark Ober, his staff and the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office during their thorough investigation."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:41am]


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