Dan Sullivan, Tampa Courts and Federal Courts Reporter

Dan Sullivan

Tampa Courts and Federal Courts Reporter

I got into this business because I like telling stories. The best stories, I think, are ones that touch on themes of justice and injustice, compassion and forgiveness, choices and consequences. You can find a lot of that in the local court and criminal justice system, which I write about for the Times. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, went to high school in Massachusetts, and came to Florida for college. I graduated from the University of Tampa in 2006. My wife, Meg, is a teacher. Outside work, I enjoy long walks, road trips, and reading public records. I’m a nerd.

The Trial of John Jonchuck, Day 5: Narrowing it down

Defendant John Jonchuck enters the courtroom Friday on the fifth day of jury selection. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
The court moves to the second phase of jury selection day. The judge and lawyers hope to seat a jury by narrowing down the remaining pool of 67.

In trial, John Jonchuck gave his mental condition a name

John Jonchuck appears before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger during the first day of jury selection on Monday. Helinger asked Jonchuck how he would characterize his mental health issues. Jonchuck says he was told at the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center that he suffers from schizoaffective disorder. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
On the first day of his murder trial, Jonchuck told a judge he is being treated for schizoaffective disorder, and takes six medications.

The trial of John Jonchuck, Day 4: The road to 70

John Jonchuck makes his way into the courtroom during the fourth day of jury selection Thursday. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
The judge hopes to have 70 prospective jurors on the shortlist for more questioning. Lawyers will spend Friday narrowing that down to 12 jurors and several alternates.

The trial of John Jonchuck, Day 3: Behind schedule

John Jonchuck appears before Judge Chris Helinger during the third day of jury selection on Wednesday at the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater.  (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
The slow process of picking a jury is likely to push opening statements. Stay here for updates.

Tampa man, freed in July after 46 years of a life sentence, jailed in Amalie Arena attack

Leonard Edwards, 63, was released last summer after 46 years in prison for a hammer attack and rape that occurred when he was 16. On Sunday, he was arrested in an attack on a co-worker. [Tampa Police Department]
Leonard Edwards went to prison for a Hyde Park hammer attack. Now, a supervisor says he beat her after she complained about his work on a clean-up crew.