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  1. Bondi criticizes judge who sentenced 'Ochocinco' to jail

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    Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson made national headlines this week when his courtroom antic resulted in a surprise 30-day jail sentence. Americans seemed to split into two camps: those who agreed Johnson deserved jail time for disrespecting the court and those who believed it was overkill by Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh. …

  2. Authorities say woman who almost hit jail van was DUI


    Check your B of A ATM transactions inellas counties. Clearwater Woman charged with DUI almost hits jail van …

  3. In Tampa Bay, 4 Lou Pearlman pitchmen who sold Ponzi investments heading to jail


    Wake up and good morning. It's been more than three years since Orlando Ponzi schemer and boy band producer Lou Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in jail. Read Helen Huntley's St. Petersburg Times piece from 2008 about that. (Photo: Pearlman in custody, by Phelan Ebenhack.) …

  4. Manhunt for suspect in Orlando officer's slaying expands to Haines City


    Haines City police are warning residents that a fugitive wanted for the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer may be hiding in the area.  …

      Markeith Loyd is wanted in the shooting death of an Orlando police officer. [Orlando Police Department]
  5. Austrian-Canadian who voted in 2008 U.S. election caught by purge, headed to jail

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     As the debate continues over whether or not to purge Florida's voting rolls of potential non-citizens before the November elections, at least one person will be going to jail for voting illegally in 2008. …

  6. Four charged with hate crime in Chicago assault broadcast on Facebook (w/video)


    CHICAGO — Four black people were charged with hate crimes Thursday in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to drink from a toilet.  …

    This image from a video that was broadcast live on Facebook and later posted on Vidme shows a frame in which a man, right, is assaulted in Chicago. The video shows the man with his mouth taped shut as a woman and other people cut off his shirt and hair with a knife, and someone pushes his head with his or her foot. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Wednesday that the victim has mental health challenges, and he called the video "sickening." [Vidme via AP]
  7. Editorial: Legislature should standardize civil citations for juveniles


    Pinellas and most other Florida counties have civil citation programs for juveniles who commit minor first-time offenses, allowing them to avoid the stigma of an arrest record over a childish mistake. But the programs are voluntary and unevenly used, and the Legislature will have an opportunity next spring to bring uniformity across the state while still giving law enforcement officers discretion in handling juveniles facing minor violations. …

    The Legislature will have an opportunity next spring to bring uniformity to juvenile citations while still giving law enforcement officers discretion.
  8. Driver who disfigured Summer Moll tells of despair in her jail letters

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    SUMMER MOLL CASE: Cheryl Riemann caused the crash that killed a mother and permanently disfigured a little girl on Sept. 10, 2008, but in the weeks that followed, knew less about it than anyone who read the news. …

  9. In jail letters, driver who disfigured Summer Moll tells of despair


    TAMPA — Cheryl Riemann caused the crash that killed Jennifer O'Boyle and permanently disfigured her little girl on Sept. 10, 2008, but in the weeks that followed, knew less about it than anyone who read the news.  …

    Bailiffs take Cheryl Riemann away Tuesday in Tampa after she was sentenced to 15 years in prison and eight years’ probation.
  10. Man who attacked blind, deaf Tampa woman free to leave jail


    TAMPA — As the deaf, legally blind woman waited for a bus, the man touched her arm. She thought he was her friend, so she got into his car. But as they took off, the sun shone through the windshield and onto his face. …

  11. Thanks to volunteers who helped jailed homeowner replace lawn


    Residents break out green thumb Oct. 13 article Many thanks to all the volunteers I would like to thank everyone who came out to help the Prudente family replace their yard. Andy Law, Jack Mariano and Bob White should be proud they helped this man out of a mess other inconsiderate people put him in.  …

    The story of Joseph Prudente, who was jailed when he did not resod his lawn, has captured the attention of many people throughout Pasco County and the Tampa Bay area.
  12. Polk County 'sovereign' man, Texas woman shared distaste for government meddling in families


    POLK CITY — He was a long-haired 48-year-old Native American anti-government guru who lived on a small farm with more than a dozen of his followers. She was a mother of six who had served jail time in Texas for child endangerment and whose kids grew up in foster care. …

    Ronnie Davis, right, visited a Pasco County courthouse, where his group attempted to deliver paperwork to the state attorney.
  13. Inmate who hanged himself at Pasco jail was Tarpon Springs resident


    NEW PORT RICHEY Inmate who hanged himself is identified …

  14. Mass sit-in targets controversial Sabal Trail Pipeline at Suwannee River


    The clash over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota — and the success opponents have had temporarily blocking it — has inspired a Florida group opposed to a controversial new pipeline cutting through North Florida. They're planning to hold a major protest this weekend. …

    Emilia Dasouqi (center) yells with other demonstrators as they make their way down Second Avenue South during a march protesting the Sabal Trail Pipeline in downtown St. Petersburg on Dec. 29. Opponents fear the environmental consequences of the $3.2 billion Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 515-mile conduit for natural gas that is planned to snake through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. At 268 miles, the Florida section is the longest, and will involve drilling beneath the state's most famous river, the Suwannee. A mass protest is scheduled for Suwannee River State Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  15. Editorial: Unequal justice in Florida


    Black defendants who face a judge in Florida also confront an unjust reality: They are likely to be given far harsher prison sentences than white defendants who commit the same crime. An investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune found disturbing racial disparities in sentences throughout Florida, despite a state law meant to ensure equity and consistency. Judges have a duty to uphold and apply the law without bias, but the newspaper's findings show that many are instead perpetuating inequality in the courtroom. …

    Black defendants who face a judge in Florida also confront an unjust reality: They are likely to be given far harsher prison sentences than white defendants who commit the same crime.
  16. Seven arrested while serving food to homeless in Tampa without a permit


    TAMPA — Jimmy Dunson was scooping quinoa and mushrooms onto plates for a line of homeless people Saturday afternoon when the warning came. …

    Tampa police arrested volunteers from Tampa Food Not Bombs Saturday afternoon while they were passing out food to homeless people. (Courtesy of Tampa Food Not Bombs)
  17. St. Petersburg police: man who rammed police car to escape jail ends up there anyway


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday after authorities said he rammed a police cruiser because he didn't want to go to jail. …

  18. Pinellas inmate who forged his way out of jail may have done it before


    Pinellas criminal justice officials were red-faced this week after they admitted a jail inmate facing forgery charges used a bogus court document to escape from jail. …

  19. Family of inmate who died in 2007 sues Hernando jail management company


    BROOKSVILLE — The morning Edward Duritsky died, his sister came to visit him at the Hernando County Jail. Duritsky, 53, barely made it to the telephone. He fell as she waited on the other end of a video conferencing system in the jail lobby.  …

  20. Attorney who was released early heads back to jail


    LAND O'LAKES lawyer released from jail early turns herself in …

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