Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Eleven apply to be U.S. attorney in Tampa

TAMPA — A politician, a professor, a former police officer and former federal prosecutors have all applied to replace A. Brian Albritton as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, according to records released Tuesday.

Among 11 contenders for U.S. attorney are state Rep. Michael Scionti D-Tampa; lawyer Herbert Berkowitz; Roger B. Handberg, chief assistant to the U.S. attorney in Orlando; Harry Shorstein, retired state attorney from Jacksonville; and Robert O'Neill, who served as interim U.S. attorney until Albritton took over on Oct. 15.

The other candidates are Marcus A. Christian, Thomas K. Equels, John Z. Pare, Mike Peacock, Michael Seigel and Sandra Wiseman.

The judicial nominating commission will meet June 30 to decide which candidates to interview, before sending recommendations to Sens. Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson, who will give President Barack Obama their preferences for the Middle District's highest ranking federal law enforcer.

U.S. attorneys are often replaced when there's a change of party in the White House. The panel also took applications for U.S. marshal and for a vacant U.S. district judgeship in Tampa.

Several U.S. magistrates and circuit judges are among the 19 candidates for a U.S. district judgeship. Six people applied for the marshal job held by Thomas D. Hurlburt Jr.

The Middle District's 35 counties, which include Hillsborough, extend from the Georgia-Florida border above Jacksonville to south of Naples.

Eleven apply to be U.S. attorney in Tampa 06/10/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

    Nation

    NEW YORK — In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

    People gather in Washington's Lafayette Park to see the White House lit up in rainbow colors on June 26, 2015, the day the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage legal. In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey released on Monday, June 26, 2017. [Associated Press]
  2. June 26 marks the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series.
  3. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy

    Autos

    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  4. Philando Castile family reaches $3 million settlement in death

    Crime

    MINNEAPOLIS — The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death, according to an announcement Monday by her attorneys and the Minneapolis suburb that employed the officer.

    A handout dashboard camera image of Officer Jeronimo Yanez firing at Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn., July 6, 2016. [Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension via The New York Times]
  5. From the food editor: Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders

    Cooking

    I decided my almond chicken obsession was becoming a bit much.

    Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.