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Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Elaine Silvestrini

Tribune Staff

Judge: Permanently disbar all three lawyers involved in DUI setup

- Three lawyers accused of orchestrating the DUI arrest of an adversary should receive a professional death sentence — permanent disbarment, a judge recommended.

Federal affidavit details Tampa tax fraud involving police employee

- A newly filed federal search warrant affidavit describes how investigators say a civilian Tampa police employee used law enforcement databases to get personal identifying information for her friend, Rita Girven, to use for ...

Rollback means drug offenders get early release

- On Nov. 1, 120 federal drug offenders sentenced in Tampa will be released from prison as part of a rollback of federal drug penalties.

Trial begins for employee charged in 2012 Avila murders

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TAMPA — The case against Julian Ospina-Florez is built on physical and forensic evidence that points irrefutably to him as the sole killer of Hector and Debra Rivera at their Avila mansion Jan. 9, 2012, a prosecu...

Trial of man accused in 2012 Avila slayings begins

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TAMPA — About a year before she and her husband were shot to death at their mansion in Avila, Debra Rivera hired Julian Ospina-Florez to help with her jewelry business.

A twist in child porn sentences: paying restitution to victim

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Every time someone is arrested on federal charges for possessing her image, “Vicky” is notified.

Men sentenced to federal prison for stealing FBI weapons, gear

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TAMPA — When Pasco County deputies pulled James Weed over in a stolen car, they found handcuffs that had been stolen five days earlier from an FBI agent’s car.

Tampa fund manager to plead guilty to Facebook investment fraud

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TAMPA — When Facebook went public in 2012, investors were eager to get in on the action.

Advocate vouches for Diaco, says Campbell ‘should have said no’

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CLEARWATER — As far as Tammy Rosian is concerned, three lawyers accused of orchestrating the DUI arrest of an adversary are not to blame.

Lawyers seek to have ‘illogical’ Morris murder conviction overturned

- Saying the jury’s verdict was illogical and inconsistent, lawyers for Dontae Morris are asking a judge to overturn his first-degree murder conviction handed up last month.

Lawyers in ‘Bubba’ case tout character to save careers

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CLEARWATER — Trying to avoid severe punishment for setting up the DUI arrest of an adversary, three lawyers presented testimony Thursday portraying them as pinnacles of generosity and contributors to the community...

Punishment phase in DUI setup case to begin today

- After deciding that three Tampa lawyers “deliberately and maliciously” orchestrated the DUI arrest of a legal adversary, a judge will convene a hearing in Clearwater on how they should be punished.

Tampa man to plead guilty to luring boy to Tampa through phone app

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A 46-year-old Tampa man met a 15-year-old Missouri boy through a popular smart-phone app and lured the boy to Tampa without his parents’ knowledge, according to court ...

Jury recommends third death sentence for Dontae Morris

- After viewing the dashboard video of Dontae Morris murdering two police officers and hearing pleas for his life, a jury took less than an hour today to recommend a judge give Morris his third death sentence.

Dontae Morris guilty in fourth murder, but verdict raises questions

- After deliberating 14 hours over three days, jurors convicted Morris of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Derek Anderson, but also concluded that Morris didn’t use or possess a gun. Judge William Fuente des...

Jury to try again Wednesday for verdict in latest Dontae Morris murder trial

- Jurors struggled Tuesday to decide whether Dontae Morris is guilty of murdering a man in a drug dispute 42 days before he was recorded on video killing two Tampa police officers.

Jury deliberating in latest Dontae Morris murder trial

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TAMPA — It’s the first murder Dontae Morris is accused of committing in a spree of five killings that culminated in the shooting deaths of two police officers during a motor vehicle stop 42 days later.

‘Eye on Crime’ cameras helping with Tampa investigations

- “Eye on Crime” cameras and license tag readers, funded by federal grants, have been installed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in the Nuccio and University areas of the city.

Despite law, online court records unavailable in Hillsborough

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— It’s been more than a year since the Florida Supreme Court lifted a deca...

Storms could accompany fireworks for Tampa area

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— It’s July; it’s Florida; it’s hot.

Palma Ceia church business manager pleads guilty to embezzling funds

- Her voice cracking with emotion, the former business manager of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal wire fraud, admitting she embezzled more than $82,000 from the church.

Tampa judge who rejected it now grants same-sex divorce

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— More than a year after they agreed on every aspect of their divorce, Keiba Lynn Shaw and Mariama Changamire Shaw, are finally, legally single women.

Nelson seeks to tighten visa program for foreign workers

- Nelson received letters from employees of a St. Petersburg company, who said they, too, were being replaced by foreign workers, he said. In one case, an IT worker was being made to train his replacement.