Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Judge denies Kevin White's bid to remain free pending appeal

TAMPA — A federal judge has rejected former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White's bid to remain free pending an appeal of his convictions on bribery and corruption charges.

U.S. District Court Judge James D. Whittemore said White is not entitled to release on bond pending appeal "because he has not presented a substantial question of law that is likely to result in success on appeal."

A jury convicted White in November on seven charges that included wire fraud, bribery and lying to the FBI. Prosecutors said White directly accepted at least $6,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman seeking White's influence on the Public Transportation Commission, which he chaired.

The judge last month sentenced White to three years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

White, 47, will remain free until the U.S. Bureau of Prisons gives him a date to surrender. A bureau spokesman said the agency will not confirm that date until White has actually been taken into custody.

White's attorney, Grady Irvin Jr., said in an earlier motion that "there are meritorious issues to appeal" that could result in a reversal of White's convictions.

Among other issues, Irvin argues that the PTC, which White chaired at a time he received bribes, got no federal funding. Absent federal funding, federal charges cannot stand, Irvin said.

But Whittemore said in his ruling Friday that White served as PTC chair by virtue of his position as a county commissioner. White also was accused of trying to influence the Hills­borough Sheriff's Office on behalf of individuals who had paid him a bribe for help getting a PTC towing license.

Since Hillsborough County itself gets federal funding, the circumstances "demonstrate a sufficient nexus between the bribes White received and the business of Hillsborough County," the judge said.

The transportation commission regulates vehicles for hire, including tow trucks. A commission license was required before a tow company could win a lucrative place on a list of companies used by law enforcement. Prosecutors said White essentially put his influence on the transportation commission up for sale.

William R. Levesque can be reached at or (813) 226-3432.

Judge denies Kevin White's bid to remain free pending appeal 04/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 9, 2012 11:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. AP: Rick Scott to name Jimmy Patronis CFO on Monday


    From the AP's Gary Fineout:

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is turning to a political ally and former legislator to take over one of the top jobs in state government. 

    Then state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City Beach, left, and Gov. Rick Scott, tour downtown Panama City, Fla. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Scott will name Patronis CFO on Monday.
  2. Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade


    The Grand Central District was packed with people Sunday, there to enjoy the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    Patrons eat lunch and cool off inside of the Community Cafe during the St. Pete Pride Street Festival along Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

  3. Rays blow another lead, lose rubber match to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles rallied past the Rays on Sunday, winning the rubber match of the three-game series 8-5.

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6) scores in the eighth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  4. Tim Tebow heads back to Sunshine State with promotion to St. Lucie


    Tim Tebow is coming back to the Sunshine State.

    Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow looks out from the dugout before the team's game against the Augusta GreenJackets on April 6 in Columbia, S.C. Columbia defeated Augusta 14-7.
  5. 'Sharknado' coming to Tampa Theatre with director Q&A


    A movie about a tornado filled with man-eating sharks has to be better on the big screen, right? You'll have a chance to find out for yourself when the Syfy network's original Sharknado screens at Tampa Theatre.

    The original 'Sharknado,' which premiered in 2013, will screen at Tampa Theatre.