Dan Sullivan, Tampa Courts and Federal Courts Reporter

Dan Sullivan

Tampa Courts and Federal 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.

Five years after crime, judge won't budge on July trial date in slaying of 9-year-old Tampa girl

Granville Ritchie is accused in the 2014 murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. [Times ( 2014)]
Granville Ritchie was arrested in the murder of Felecia Williams. His attorneys sought to delay his trial, in part for more research in his native Jamaica.

Florida Supreme Court denies bid to stop execution of Bobby Joe Long

Bobby Joe Long, 65, has spent more than three decades on Florida's death row. [Florida Department of Corrections]
The notorious serial killer is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Cross City prison officers led inmate from cameras, beat him, then covered it up, report says

An Inspector General's report released this month details an investigation that yielded criminal charges against three former Department of Corrections employees.

In Tampa hearings, the long-imprisoned and their families chase a slim chance at parole

The Commission on Offender Review, the old parole board, is based in Tallahassee but meets from time to time in Tampa and other cities. Fewer than 1 percent of inmates eligible for parole received it last year. [Times (2014)]
Says one retired prosecutor, a veteran of the process, “If the love of a family was a compelling reason to release people, we could empty the prisons.”

Hillsborough judge rejects move to stop Bobby Joe Long's execution

Bobby Joe Long, 65, has spent more than three decades on Florida’s death row. [Florida Department of Corrections]
On Friday, Long's attorneys argued in Hillsborough Circuit Court that the lethal drugs might cause a seizure.