Tuesday, August 21, 2018
News Roundup

After scolding goes viral, Hillsborough judge removes herself from case involving USF Bulls player

TAMPA — The judge who ripped into a University of South Florida Bulls football player and then his coach in court this week has voluntarily taken herself off the case after video of the dressing-down went viral.

Hillsborough County Judge Margaret Taylor, who hears first appearance cases, told USF defensive end LaDarrius Jackson that if the allegations of sexual battery and false imprisonment against a fellow student are true, Jackson's behavior was "nothing short of outrageous."

The judge said she was "embarrassed and ashamed" to be a USF graduate. "Let's just say my USF diploma is not proudly hanging in my office right now," she told him.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Judge rips into USF's LaDarrius Jackson, coach Charlie Strong

The judge went on to chastise first-year Bulls coach Charlie Strong, who was not present, referencing another team member recently arrested in a road rage incident. She said it was "fairly clear" the coach didn't have control of his team and implored him to decide if the school was a good fit "before any other members of this community have to suffer at the hands of one of your players."

The videotaped hearing caught the attention of ESPN and USA Today, among others.

By Thursday morning, Judge Taylor issued an order voluntarily disqualifying herself from the case, citing a state judicial rule about a defendant fearing he won't get a fair hearing because of "prejudice or bias of the judge." Through her judicial assistant, she declined to comment Thursday morning.

Hillsborough Public Defender Julie Holt, whose office represents Jackson, said her attorneys had already prepared a motion to recuse the judge and revisit the bail amount had the judge not taken herself off the case. Judge Taylor set Jackson's bail at $102,500.

"In my opinion the bond is extremely high," Holt said. "It's a bond that this particular 22-year-old cannot make. It's like having no bond whatsoever set."

"Based on the facts we know at this time, we think an ROR (a release on his own recognizance) would be more appropriate, or a bond of $10,000 or $15,000," Holt said.

A new judge is expected to hear the bond issue as early as Friday. Holt said her office will agree to the condition that Jackson have no contact with the woman in the case.

Time staff writers Joey Knight and Tony Marrero contributed to this report. Sue Carlton can be reached at [email protected]

 
Comments
The Daystarter: Measles and parents who donít vaccinate; immigration hardliner DeSantisí great-great-grandmother nearly barred; preseason helps mend Bucs fansí souls

The Daystarter: Measles and parents who donít vaccinate; immigration hardliner DeSantisí great-great-grandmother nearly barred; preseason helps mend Bucs fansí souls

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.ē Watch out for more thunderstorms in the evening hours, but itíll dry up by sunset, according to the National Weather Service. Highs will be in the low 90s.ē As you head out for your m...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Standoff ends in Lutz after man stabs woman several times

Standoff ends in Lutz after man stabs woman several times

LUTZ ó A man stabbed a woman multiple times before barricading himself in a Lutz home early Tuesday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriffís Office.The standoff ended about three hours later with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Romano: Draining the swamp can be dangerous in Florida

Romano: Draining the swamp can be dangerous in Florida

Drain the swamp. Thatís the rallying cry, right?More term limits, fewer career politicians. A ruling class of regular folks. Thereís just one small problem. The average Floridian is more dangerous than whatever youíll run into in a swamp. Other place...
Published: 08/21/18
Leader of group behind transportation petition drive had his signature thrown out

Leader of group behind transportation petition drive had his signature thrown out

TAMPA ó Tyler Hudson has become the face of the citizens group behind the Hillsborough County sales tax transportation initiative.The Tampa Heights attorney took the lead at news conferences and delivered boxes of signatures for the groupís petition ...
Published: 08/21/18
Largo looks for ways to cut use of plastics, without a ban

Largo looks for ways to cut use of plastics, without a ban

LARGO ó Commissioners made a pledge recently to transition city operations to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, but Jamie Robinson had something a little more immediate in mind.So, the commissioner asked his peers on the dais if they thought the time...
Published: 08/21/18
Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays defeated the Royals 1-0 on Monday night — Tampa Bay's major-league-leading 51st one-run game — is not surprising. What is a bit unusual is how they did it.With two outs and runners on first and third i...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Seminoleís Brett Phillips returns home

Rays journal: Seminoleís Brett Phillips returns home

ST. PETERSBURG — Brett Phillips played at Tropicana Field in 2012 when he was a senior at Seminole High and a member of Team Pinellas in the annual Hillsborough vs. Pinellas All-Star Game. He was just weeks away from being picked in the sixth r...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Who says preseason doesnít count for Bucs?

Who says preseason doesnít count for Bucs?

TAMPA — Monday was a beautiful day out at One Buc Place.Sunny. Blue skies. Hot, but not a thousand degrees like it has been in recent weeks around here.The Bucs were finally back home after spending most of the past week in Nashville. And despi...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rodney Pageís takeaways from Mondayís Rays-Royals game

Rodney Pageís takeaways from Mondayís Rays-Royals game

Replay played a big role in the game. The Rays got their run in the second when an out call at first was overturned. Then in the fourth, Kevin Kiermaier was picked off second with no outs after a replay showed his hand came off the base.Ryan Yarbroug...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS ó Three people were killed and two children were seriously injured in a head-on collision that took place Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place about 7 p.m. on County Road 54, west of Chantel Drive.Elv...
Updated: 9 hours ago