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Sunday, Jul 23, 2017
Crime & Courts

Judge’s wife wants restraining order case moved out of Hillsborough

— A lawyer for the wife of a Hillsborough County judge charged with domestic violence wants her injunction case moved to Orange County.

Shirley Sanchez-Myers, 40, obtained a temporary restraining order against her husband Eric Renard Myers, 58, after he was arrested over the weekend and charged with hitting and punching her in their Odessa home. Sanchez-Myers says in her petition that the beating happened in front of their 5-year-old daughter.

Among other things, the restraining order requires Myers to stay at least 500 feet away from his wife and away from their home.

A hearing over whether the injunction should be made permanent is scheduled for Jan. 28. But attorney Alberto Ayo has filed a motion asking that the hearing be delayed and the case be moved to Orange County.

“The petitioner has a present belief that her case could not have a fair and unbiased hearing in Hillsborough County,” wrote Ayo, who also said he was just hired and needs time to prepare.

Ayo writes that Sanchez-Myers “has heard information from officials in the court system that it would be difficult to prevail against a sitting judge. As an example, the pending criminal case against (Myers) appears to be in the process of transfer out of Hillsborough County because no assistant state attorney was willing to handle the prosecution.”

Mark Cox, spokesman for the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office, has said that office wouldn’t be handling the case, and it would be referred to the governor’s office for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Myers has been a county court judge since he was appointed in 2000 by Gov. Jeb Bush. He was reelected without opposition last year. County court judges are paid a salary of $134,000.

esilvestrini@tampatrib.com

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