"A jury of your peers? There was not one African-American present."
_ Latarsha Brown, after an all-white jury took 30 minutes to convict her cousin, Alan Thompson, of third degree felony murder and manslaughter by culpable negligence in the death of Sickles High School senior Christopher Fannan, who was killed by a single punch.
"We felt he was guilty because when you go into a situation with your fists clenched with the intent to punch someone in the face, you know you can cause great bodily harm."
_ Amy Cordell, forewoman of the jury, who said race was never an issue.
"I'm ecstatic that the process is over. I'm pleased with the results, and I'm anxious to get back to doing what I love to do."
_ Hillsborough Public Defender Julianne Holt, after the Florida Commission on Ethics voted to throw out the last remaining charges against her _ just two final counts left from more than a dozen allegations of misconduct initially leveled against her.
"I was really surprised to learn that you, too, undress people at the podium. I've been doing that for years."
_ Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, joking at a roast of Dan Kleman, who recently resigned as county administrator.