Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Judge refuses to extend sentencing of Kevin White beyond half-hour

TAMPA — A federal judge Thursday denied without comment a request by former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White to extend his sentencing hearing Monday by 90 minutes.

Attorney Grady Irvin Jr. asked the court for the extra time because so many people wanted to speak on White's behalf before his sentencing on bribery and corruption charges. Irvin said as many as 15 people may want to speak, and the lawyer said the half-hour scheduled isn't enough to accommodate so many speakers.

But U.S. District Court Judge James D. Whittemore denied the request, though he did not say why, court records show.

On Wednesday, the judge also declined to make an official court Spanish interpreter available for the sentencing. Irvin had made the request because White's in-laws do not speak English. But Whittemore did approve Irvin's back-up plan, allowing White's sister-in-law to translate during the hearing.

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