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Dan Sullivan - Courts reporter

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.

  1. The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in downtown Tampa. [Times]
  2. In an evidentiary hearing in the case of James Dailey, who faces execution for the 1985 murder of Shelly Boggio in Indian Rocks Beach, Dailey, center, is seated in court in Pinellas County, Thursday, March 5, 2020.   [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  3. Circuit Judge Catherine Catlin during the pretrial detention hearing for Anthony Kaptzan Thursday. Kaptzan, 21, is accused of stabbing his father to death and injuring his mother in South Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
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  5. The Tampa Police department headquarters on 411 N. Franklin Street. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  6. A jury awarded Lisa-Maria Carter $109 million after a routine gynecological procedure caused her to lose her hands and feet. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  7. Devon Arthurs, 20, is accused in the 2017 shooting deaths of his two roommates in a New Tampa townhouse. He previously spent a year in a state hospital after being deemed incompetent to stand trial. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  8. Two corrections officers walk down death row at The Union Correctional Institution near Raiford.  [Florida Department of Corrections (2018)]
  9. The Tampa Convention Center is one of two locations where state officials will administer the Bar exam for prospective lawyers. Some have expressed concern about the exams being administered as scheduled in July amid the looming threat of COVID-19. [Times (1998)]
  10. Police investigate the scene where a motorcycle collided with a bicycle along Bayshore Boulevard near Rome Avenue on April 4, killing both riders. [Spectrum BayNews9]
  11. Defense attorney Lyann Goudie speaks during a court hearing in 2001. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  12. Managing partner Robert Banker poses for a portrait at the Banker Lopez Gassler law firm in Tampa in 2011. He sits next to a gong they sounded each time they won a case. Times (2011) [Times]
  13. The Florida Supreme Court, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  14. This image from Google shows the house in Temple Terrace where authorities say Neil Gallagher, 24, shot his friend and housemate, Eric Hansen. Gallagher is now charged with manslaughter. [Google Street View]
  15. A video monitor shows inmates at the Orient Road Jail who were appearing before Judge Nick Nazaretian of Florida's Thirteenth Circuit Court, while he moved through his calendar on Wednesday at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  16. Kameela George, an intervention specialist at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay answers calls to 211 during the COVID-19 crisis where she provides emotional support and information about community resources. [The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay]
  17. The Lady Justice sculpture stands in front of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in downtown Tampa. [TIMES (2017)]
  18. The Lady Justice sculpture stands in front of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in downtown Tampa. [TIMES | (2017)] [TIMES (2017)]
  19. The Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  20. Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister announces at a news conference on March 19, 2020 that he has ordered the release of 164 inmates to reduce the county jail population amid the coronavirus pandemic. Also pictured is Hillsborough Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta, who signed an order giving Chronister authority to release some inmates during the state of emergency. [Spectrum Bay News 9]
  21. The Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  22. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren. [Times]
  23. People walk, bike and run along Bayshore Boulevard near Rome Avenue an area where a cyclist was killed in a collision with a motorcyclist on Saturday while trying to cross in a crosswalk. Monday, April 6, 2020 in Tampa. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  24. El edificio de la Corte Suprema de Florida en Tallahassee.