GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT APPOINTS FORMER PINELLAS CLERK CHIEF DUPUTY
MYRIAM IRIZARRY TO PINELLAS COUNTY BENCH Tampa Bay TImes
Judge Irizarry has been assigned to DIV G and begins on 7/20/2015
CONGRATS Judge Irizarry!
PINELLAS CIRCUIT JUDGE CHRIS HELINGER
Pinellas Circuit Judge Chris Helinger recently granted a motion to suppress argued by local attorney Roger Futerman. You can find order on Futerman’s Facebook page. Futerman states that Judge Helinger did not find Officer Edmonds (Clearwater Police Dept) basis for the traffic stop believable: Illegal Window Tint. Persons familiar with the criminal justice system know how rare of an event it is for a motion to suppress to be granted. Citizens ought to be immensely pleased that there are judges who are committed to following the law and constitution and ruling in a manner that may not be politically popular in order to protect our liberties.
PINELLAS COUNTY JUDGE PAUL LEVINE
Pinellas County Judge Paul Levine, although denying the motion to suppress, found that Officer Benjamin Whetstone’s (St Pete Police Dept) testimony was not credible according to Attorney Roger Futerman who filed and argued the motion. Futerman later obtained an acquittal on behalf of the client who had been charged with DUI. The state introduced a breath alcohol level of .22. Futerman states that the manner in which Officer’s testimony was presented may have contributed to the acquittal.
JUDGE EMMETT BATTLES
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, JUDGE EMMET LAMAR BATTLES,
transferred to the CIVIL DIVISION, Admininstrative Order filed June 29, 2015.