Entries tagged with “Duval County, Florida

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Feb 11, 2021

Former Florida Public Defender Who Dismantled Duval County Capital Defense Capabilities Pleads Guilty to Ethics Violations

Former Florida pub­lic defend­er Matt Shirk (pic­tured), who was defeat­ed for re-elec­tion after scan­dals relat­ed to per­son­al mis­con­duct and under­min­ing crim­i­nal defense ser­vices in one the nation’s most pro­lif­ic death sen­tenc­ing coun­ties, faces sus­pen­sion of his law license after plead­ing guilty to mul­ti­ple ethics vio­la­tions dur­ing his time in office. If the plea is approved by the Florida Supreme Court, Shirk will be sus­pend­ed from prac­tice for six months, and must pay for dis­ci­pli­nary costs and show proof of reha­bil­i­ta­tion before being reinstated.

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Aug 26, 2016

OUTLIER COUNTIES: Duval, Florida – Controversial Prosecutor, Inadequate Defense, Systemic Death Penalty Problems

Between 2010 and 2015, only 16 coun­ties in the United States imposed five or more death sen­tences. Duval County, Florida, which con­sis­tent­ly ranks among the most puni­tive death sen­tenc­ing coun­ties in the coun­try, sen­tenced 25 cap­i­tal defen­dants to death.