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Judge has defendant's mouth taped shut

Jimmy Bogan II has had bones to pick with his last couple of court-appointed lawyers, and a few words for a judge.

Bogan, who is facing a felony cocaine possession charge, first had an assistant public defender assigned to his case, but the relationship deteriorated. Bogan at one point wrote a letter telling the lawyer he declined to speak "with you, or your cousin Boo!" Another attorney was assigned.

At a hearing before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Dan Perry, Bogan, 56, called the judge a vulgar name. In a letter, he has described an attorney as a "two-legged mule." In court this week, after writing a letter saying he wanted a sexy lawyer in her 20s, Bogan repeatedly cursed Perry again.

The judge had had enough. He ordered Bogan's mouth taped shut. He also granted Bogan's request for a new judge.

Grease fire injures

father, son at home

TARPON SPRINGS _ A father and son were flown to Bayfront Medical Center Wednesday night after being injured by a grease fire in their home.

The father received second- to third-degree burns on his right hand as he put the fire out, and his son inhaled some smoke from the fire, Tarpon Springs firefighters said. The injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

The fire started about 9:20 p.m. at 652 Tarpon Ave E, firefighters said. The injured people's names weren't available.