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.

Is a former FSU student a battered child, mentally ill or a liar? A jury in her murder trial will be asked to decide.

Nicole Nachtman, the former FSU student accused of killing her mother and stepfather, goes  on trial this week in a Hillsborough courtroom. Mental health experts are expected to provide key testimony. {TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
Nicole Nachtman, 25, is set to go to trial this week for the 2015 killings of her mother and stepfather at their Carrollwood home.

Trump lawyers release video of encounter with woman who claimed unwanted kiss at Tampa campaign event

Alva Johnson, left, is seen arriving at a Tampa campaign rally in 2016. Johnson alleges that Trump had kissed her during a meeting inside an RV just prior to the rally. Times (2016)
The video shows a much more innocent interaction, the president’s lawyers said in court filing. Her lawyers say it’s exactly what she described.

Theater shooter Curtis Reeves points to Drejka stand your ground case in asking judge to ease bail restrictions

Curtis Reeves Jr., charged in a shooting death at a Pasco County theater, takes the stand to testify during a stand your ground hearing. [Times  |  (2017)]
Reeves, a retired Tampa police captain, has unsuccessfully argued self-defense in the Pasco County shooting of Chad Oulson.

Dwight DuBose is back in jail, a year after DNA led to his release from a life sentence

Dwight DuBose, center, stands with Anthony Scott, left, and Seth Miller of the Innocence Project following the release from prison they helped secure for him. DuBose has been arrested again on battery and exposure charges and faces life in prison. [DAN SULLIVAN   |   Times]
Doubts about his guilt in a Tampa murder won DuBose a new trial. A plea deal secured his release after 17 years in prison. Since his release, he's been arrested four times.

Can ‘rocket dockets’ restore voting rights? Hillsborough says yes. Pinellas says no.

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe (left) and Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren (right). [Times files]
State Attorney Andrew Warren wants to create a special court that could restore voting rights for those affected by a new law limiting Amendment 4. Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe opposes