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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.

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