‘Hillsborough County Chet Tharpe’ Category


“Accused of impropriety, Hillsborough’s chief judge backs away from a case”


Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe Sentencing Reversal

This week Florida’s  2nd District Court of Appeals  reversed a sentence imposed by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe in a criminal case involving  100 counts of possession of child pornography.  Tampa Bay attorneys Frank De La Grana and Kenneth Siegel obtained an appellate victory on behalf of their client.  Attorneys De La Grana and Siegel argued that Judge Tharpe committed fundamental error in the sentencing standard he applied.  The 2nd DCA agreed and reversed the sentence stating that Judge Tharpe applied a “personal” general policy such as applied in Barnhill v. State (Judge Tharpe reversed in Barnhill as well) rather than following Florida law.

Opinion: Goldstein v. State

Attorney Frank De La Grana

Attorney Frank De La Grana


Attorney Kenneth Siegel


Judge Caroline Tesche Sentences Peter Barnhill to 10 Years Prison followed by 15 Years Probation

by Haydee Oropesa

Peter Barnhill, who was originally sentenced to 22 years prison, was re-sentenced this morning to 10 years prison followed by 15 years probation.  Judge Chet Tharpe originally sentenced Barnhill but was later reversed by the 2nd DCA  for applying the wrong sentencing standard.  Michael Maddux represented Barnhill and did an amazing job advocating zealously on behalf of his client.  I am currently co-counseling with Michael on a civil rights case  against Largo Police Department and I have been immensely impressed with his lawyering skills, acumen, and the very real compassion he displays.  Michael Maddux is not just interested in the greenback but in making a real change in the system and for that you have nothing but my utmost respect.  Congrats on a job well done.

Kudos are also in order for Judge Caroline Tesche.  No doubt that these types of cases pose an enormous weight on jurists in having to balance out the interests of protecting society against attempting to mete out a proportional measure of punishment.  If you read the 2nd DCA opinion and all the mitigating factors referenced in the opinion it appears that Judge Tesche fulfilled her responsiblity to “we the people” and achieved that goal.

Judge Caroline Tesche

Judge Caroline Tesche

Represented Peter Barnhill



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