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.