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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. Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, looks on as attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou, center, and attorney David Singer are seen during an August news conference in Tampa. Warren has filed a federal suit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who suspended him.
  2. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, sued Gov. Ron DeSantis in federal court after the governor suspended him from office.
  3. Federal prosecutors accused Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari of plotting an attack in support of ISIS. His attorneys have challenged the sufficiency of the evidence, and criticized the steps investigators took.
  4. Matthew Terry speaks to Assistant Public Defender Jamie Kane after a jury declined to recommend a death sentence in his murder trial Thursday in Tampa.
  5. Prosecutors said Matthew Terry was a controlling boyfriend who stabbed Kay Baker to death in a fit of drunken jealousy. Public defenders said a home intruder stabbed her.
  6. Cameron Herrin reacts the moment he hears his sentence — 24 years in prison — at the conclusion of his sentencing hearing on April 8, 2021, at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa. A judge this week declined to reduce his sentence.
  7. Unos 150 camiones motorizados se ubican en el estacionamiento de Tropicana Field debajo del paso elevado de la I-275 en preparación para el huracán Nicole el miércoles en St. Petersburg. El jueves por la mañana se informaron decenas de miles de cortes de energía en Florida, incluidos miles en el área de Tampa Bay.
  8. About 150 power trucks are staged in the Tropicana Field parking lot under the I-275 overpass in preparation for Hurricane Nicole on Wednesday in St. Petersburg. Tens of thousands of power outages were reported across Florida on Thursday morning, including thousands in the Tampa Bay area.
  9. An aerial view of the homes damaged by Hurricane Ian in the vicinity of Fort Myers. A state constitutional referendum on the ballot Tuesday would limit taxation on improvements that make a property more resistant to flood damage.
  10. Matthew Terry looks on during jury selection in his trial last week at the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex in Tampa.
  11. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Master Deputy Tonia Ballard appears in a photo provided by her attorney.
  12. An image from a surveillance video shows 14-year-old Nilexia Alexander a few minutes before 3 a.m. May 6 as she walked between houses in Belmont Heights. She would be shot and killed minutes later.
  13. Ousted Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  14. Matthew Terry sits in court Thursday in Tampa. He is accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend, Kay Baker, outside her Lithia home.
  15. Ousted Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, is suing Gov. Ron DeSantis in an effort to get his job back.
  16. Hillsborough State Attorney Susan Lopez testifies Friday in a Tampa courtroom about her decision to seek the death penalty against Matthew Terry.
  17. Matthew Terry sits in court Thursday in Tampa. He is accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend, Kay Baker, outside her Lithia home.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the removal of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a news conference. The question of whether DeSantis will testify about his decision to suspend Warren looms large in Warren's lawsuit challenging his ouster.
  19. A marijuana plant close to harvesting is pictured in this file photo. The Tampa Bay Times asked local leaders to weigh in on President Joe Biden's call for governors to issue pardons for people convicted of simple marijuana possession at the state level and his plans to consider reclassifying the drug.
  20. Susan Lopez, the State Attorney for Hillsborough county, receives documents from Laura Smith, an attorney assigned to first appearance court on Oct. 6, 2022, in Tampa. Lopez replaced Andrew Warren, who was recently removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis in August.
  21. Abron Scott, left, and Amos Earl Robinson, right, who are both serving life sentences in Florida prison, were indicted in August for the 1983 murder of Barbara Grams. Prosecutors also accused the pair of killing Linda Toni Lansen the same year.
  22. Howell Donaldson III sits in a Tampa courtroom during a 2018 hearing.
  23. The townhome located in the 5300 block of Bayshore Boulevard belonging to Perla Haydee Huerta is pictured on Tuesday in Tampa. Huerta allegedly recruited migrants onto Gov. Ron DeSantis’ flights to Martha’s Vineyard from San Antonio in September.
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