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Hillsborough State Attorney hopeful Andrew Warren releases community engagement proposal

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Hillsborough State Attorney candidate Andrew Warren has released a community engagement proposal that he says is aimed at rebuilding trust between the public and the State Attorney’s Office. “The cornerstone of any public institution is trust.  Nowhere is that more important than in a public prosecutor working for the taxpayers” Warren said in a statement.  “As a Department of Justice prosecutor going after some of the worst fraudsters in the country, I fought for taxpayers every day.  Voters deserve that same…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.4.16 – Trib out

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The news yesterday that the Tampa Bay Times and absorbed the assets of the crosstown rival Tampa Tribune marks the end of rumors which I can recount starting back in 2008. That’s when stories surfaced that the paper would fold after the 2009 Super Bowl; That didn’t come to pass. Then the rumor was the Trib would fold after the 2012 Republican National Convention. That too proved to be false. It’s no longer false, and our community is less for it.…

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For Tom Scott, ‘driving while black’ is more than a slogan

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Negative relations between law enforcement and the black community have been a huge story over the past year, and incidents of police abuse captured on video have led to a call for reforms, such as the use of body cameras for police officers. That background — as well as a published report that blacks in Tampa had received nearly 80 percent of all bicycle citations over the past dozen years — has spurred the call for a civilian review board for…

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Tampa attorney wants to get paid for a lawsuit he didn’t argue

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A Tampa attorney is seeking payment from another law firm over a decade-old case. After a 2005 purse snatching led to the permanent incapacitation of an elderly shopper, the victim’s niece, Carolyn Brooks, sought the advice of Joel Fein on a potential civil suit. Fein reportedly referred her to a firm that specialized in tort and personal-injury representation. Fein agreed to accept a 25 percent cut of whatever award was issued for referring the case. Brooks ultimately won a $2.75…

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Tampa town hall meeting on race brings out raw emotions

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Two nights after Baltimore burned in anger at the death of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died in police custody there, mass demonstrations were held in cities like Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Denver; New York City; and Minneapolis on Wednesday night. No such protests occurred in the Tampa Bay area, but Baltimore was very much on the minds of the overflow crowd that crammed into a conference room at the Ferguson Law Center in Tampa. The subject was the…

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