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Some celebrated Cohen cases

Published Dec. 2, 2006

Pam Bondi: The Hillsborough prosecutor is fighting a Louisiana family's civil claim that the dog she adopted after Hurricane Katrina is theirs. Ongoing.

Jennifer Porter: The white dance instructor killed two black children and injured two others in a 2004 hit-and-run accident. A last-minute plea agreement kept her out of prison.

Charles Gable Yerrid: The 16-year-old son of a prominent Tampa lawyer was speeding when he caused a fatal car accident in 2004. Prosecutors decided to give him a speeding ticket rather than charge him with vehicular homicide.

Steve and Marlene Aisenberg: Seventeen months after prosecutors charged the Valrico couple, in 1999, with inventing a kidnapping tale to explain their infant daughter's disappearance, the charges were dropped. A judge later awarded them $2.9-million in attorneys' fees.

William LaTorre: Chiropractor William LaTorre was acquitted in the deaths of four teenagers in a 1989 boating accident. LaTorre declared bankruptcy and refused to pay Cohen's full $1.7-million fee.

E.J. Salcines: The former Hillsborough state's attorney escaped indictment after being the target of a federal investigation. He now is an appeals court judge.

Source: Times archives

Compiled by Times researcher Angie Drobnic Holan