Friday, August 9, 2013

Tampa police chief launches investigation of DUI unit; mayor weighs in

Tampa police chief launches investigation of DUI unit; mayor weighs in
Tampa Bay Times
By Jessica Vander Velde and
Sue Carlton, Times Staff Writers
August 6, 2013


TAMPA — In an effort to restore public confidence in a police department rocked by a DUI scandal, Tampa police Chief Jane Castor on Tuesday announced a team of "experts" to review drunken driving arrests.

A six-person panel, including retired Circuit Judge Barbara Fleischer and Nick Cox, the Florida attorney general's statewide prosecutor, will look at all open cases involving Sgt. Ray Fernandez and Officer Tim McGinnis. The team will then review a random sample of about 50 other DUI cases.

Fernandez and McGinnis were the officers involved in the controversial Jan. 23 arrest of lawyer C. Philip Campbell, which prosecutors last week concluded was a setup involving a rival law firm. Also, in February, Fernandez was involved in the arrest of Cuban trade advocate Al Fox, 69, on a DUI charge that did not stick. Fox had a 0.000 blood-alcohol level. Read more

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