‘Andrew Warren for State Attorney’ Category

 

Pending Death Penalty Cases in Hillsborough

 

21 Pending Death Penalty Cases in Hillsborough County (Newly elected State Attorney Andrew Warren stated during his campaign that the use of the death penalty should be rare and cited to a report indicating that Hillsborough was an “extreme outlier” in its use)

The Warren Watch & Death Penalty Pledge

The Warren Watch & Death Penalty Pledge

 
 
 

Hillsborough County Juvenile Civil Citation Program & 2011-2016 Stats

  • Civil Citation Program began in 2005-2006 school year as a pilot program with Tampa Police Department school resource officers.
  • In 2006 the program was taken county-wide in schools
  • In 2009 the program expanded to petit theft in the community
  • In 2011 the program was expanded to the entire circuit, all law enforcement agencies, in school and community.
  • Citations includes 11 offenses (limited to 1st time non-violent misdemeanors):
    • Petit Theft
    • Battery
    • Affray
    • Criminal Mischief
    • Trespassing
    • Disorderly Conduct
    • Disruption of a school function
    • Simple Possession of Alcohol
    • Violation of a city or county ordinance
    • Delinquent Act Citation Pilot Program (DAC) – runs from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.  Alternative to arrest and possible record for juveniles (first time offenders between 8-17) found to be in possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis or drug paraphernalia.  Cooperative effort between, State Attorney, Public Defender, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department, Temple Terrace Police Department, Plant City Police Department, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Clerk of the Circuit Court.  (source: Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office)

Hillsborough County Juvenile Civil Citation Stats

Newly elected State Attorney, Andrew Warren, has called for the expansion of this program and has criticized the underutilization of the citations.

 
 
 

TBT: Hillsborough state attorney race sees respected incumbent pitted against aggressive challenger

Hillsborough state attorney race sees respected incumbent pitted against aggressive challenger

Tampa Bay criminal defense attorneys weigh in:

“It strikes me that Andrew could be a real rising star politically,” said Tampa attorney Eddie Suarez. “What I don’t understand is, why this race? In other words, you’re coming in and trying to fix what’s not broken. I find that disturbing.”

“Of all the circuits I’ve practiced in, (Hillsborough) is one of the better managed,” said defense attorney Bryant Camareno. “Some of the prosecutors in other circuits are just unbearable and unreasonable. You don’t get that here.”

“I’m a little disappointed in some of the attacks I’ve seen going on,” said Tampa defense attorney Rick Escobar. “I’m surprised it takes that kind of campaigning to win voters.”

But not everyone is happy with Ober. One of Warren’s most vocal supporters is noted defense attorney Barry Cohen.

“Mark has lost his spirit, he has lost his enthusiasm,” Cohen said. “The job has outgrown him.”

Cohen said he thinks reform is needed in the criminal justice system. He also said he has been dissatisfied with the way Ober’s office has handled some of the cases he has defended.

 
 
 

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