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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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