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Hillsborough County judicial officials say they’re united about providing civil citations for juveniles, not arrests

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Although Andrew Warren was considered a serious underdog in his race against Mark Ober for Hillsborough County’s State Attorney last year, he had plenty of ammunition to run in a changing social environment. Both the right and left has coalesced in recent years when it comes to believing in serious criminal justice reform, and independent groups had reported that Hillsborough was an outlier when it came to administering the death penalty and in arresting juveniles for possession of marijuana, vs.…

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Andrew Warren reacts to Ross Spano’s comment that he should resist following lead of Aramis Ayala on death penalty

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The announcement that Aramis Ayala, the newly-elected state prosecutor in Orlando, would not seek the death penalty in the high-profile prosecution of an accused cop killer is having reverberations around the state. Ayala was taken off the case by Governor Rick Scott after she refused to recuse herself, and prompted Dover Republican Ross Spano to call on Hillsborough County’s State Attorney Andrew Warren to “condemn” Ayala’s actions. “I call on our new State Attorney, Andrew Warren, to resist the political urge to follow the lead of State Attorney Ayala, condemn her actions…

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Andrew Warren slams proposed bill that would shift the burden of proof in Stand Your Ground cases

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Elected on a platform of wanting to reform much of Hillsborough County’s current system of justice,State Attorney Andrew Warren is voicing his strong opposition to a measure pending in the Florida Legislature that would shift the burden of proof in ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense cases. The bill, sponsored by Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley (SB 128), would shift the burden of proof to prosecutors during evidentiary hearings in self-defense cases. It stems from a Florida Supreme Court ruling in 2015 that…

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Documentary on status of women in U.S. to screen at Tampa Theatre on Feb. 20

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The Equal Rights Amendment, an amendment proposed to the U.S. Constitution in the 1970’s designed to guarantee equal rights for women, fell three states short of ratification. A 2016 documentary that makes the case for the ERA, “Equal Means Equal,” will get its first screening in the Tampa Bay area next Monday night, February 20, at the Tampa Theatre, hosted by the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality and We are Women. It will be a full evening, as a panel…

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Personnel note: Christopher Moody named Hillsborough County Chief Assistant State Attorney

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Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren selected prosecutor Christopher Moody to serve as the new Chief Assistant State Attorney. As Chief Assistant, Moody will supervise the 135 Assistant State Attorneys who prosecute cases on behalf of the Office.  In addition, he will be responsible for executing the State Attorney’s policy initiatives, overseeing the daily operations of the prosecutorial staff, and training and evaluating the Assistant State Attorneys. Moody, a former U.S. Marine Corps veteran and high school teacher, is being…

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Hillsborough County Dems add 44 new committee members at January meeting

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For Democrats, Donald Trump might be making life a hell on earth. But the president is successful in one thing — uniting them in a way missing throughout the 2016 campaign. Take the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, for instance. On Monday night, the local party added 44 new members to its organization at its monthly meeting at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in Ybor City. It was the third consecutive standing room only meeting for the local party,…

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Andrew Warren dismisses trespassing charges against Food Not Bomb members

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Ten days after the Tampa Police Department’s arrested seven members of Food Not Bombs for attempting to feed the homeless without a permit in Lykes Gaslight Square, newly-elected State Attorney Andrew Warren has summarily dismissed the charges against all seven members of the group. “My mission is to make our community safer while promoting justice and fairness for everyone,” Warren said in a statement released mid-afternoon on Tuesday. “Prosecuting people for charitable work does not further that mission and is an inefficient use…

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