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Two judges side with Madeira Beach in development lawsuits

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Two judges have ruled against opponents of two proposed developments on Madeira Beach. In one case, Judge Thomas H. Minkoff said the city did not violate state law when it passed three ordinances in 2014 that changed zoning rules and paved the way for the developments. In the other case, Judge Cynthia Newton dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the city had wrongfully failed to grant a petition to take the proposed rezoning and land use changes to a voter referendum.…

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Norm Roche asks judge to overturn her decision in ‘un-hiring’ lawsuit

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Former Pinellas Commissioner Norm Roche has asked a judge to reconsider her decision that the county did not violate the state public records law. Roche contended Pinellas officials had failed to give him documents and other records concerning his termination from county employment before his first day of work. Earlier this month, Circuit Judge Cynthia Newton disagreed, saying Roche had “failed to meet the burden of establishing evidence that there were un-produced responsive documents within [the county’s] control.” In his…

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Former Pinellas commissioner Norm Roche loses Round 1 of lawsuit

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Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton has denied a plea that Pinellas County turn over public records to former Commissioner Norm Roche. Newton said in her order, filed Monday, that state law requires governments and other public agencies to make records available. However, she wrote, Roche failed to produce proof that such records exist. Roche, she said, testified that “based on common sense and conventional wisdom, he believed that additional documents … existed.” The county, she said, “clearly refuted all of…

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Witness: Mark Woodard made decision not to hire former Pinellas County commissioner

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Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard made the decision to “unhire” Norm Roche, according to court testimony Wednesday. Roche, a former Pinellas commissioner, is suing Woodard and the county alleging that he was blackballed from working for the county after he lost a bid for re-election. Roche, who had been employed by the County for a decade before being elected, said he applied for 26 jobs with Pinellas after leaving office. He was finally hired on his 27th try, but before he could…

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Pinellas-Pasco judicial races take shape

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Four incumbent Pinellas-Pasco Circuit judges and five incumbent Pinellas County judges were automatically re-elected on Friday, because no one filed to run against them. Incumbent Circuit Judge Michael Andrews faces a challenge from lawyer Deborah Moss; and Pinellas County Judge Thomas B. Freeman faces lawyer Wayne C. Mineo. Here is a list of candidates running for both positions: Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge The judges who won re-election without opposition are: Peter Ramsberger, Thomas McGrady, Jack Helinger and Cynthia Newton. In other…

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