State Attorney Willie Meggs

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For the first time in 31 years, the second judicial circuit will have a new State Attorney. The candidates are focusing on racial disparities in court.

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Some Florida lawmakers are hoping to revive an effort that could change the role of State Attorneys prosecuting a “Stand Your Ground” case. And, some prosecutors are also against another bill giving judges more discretion in handing out mandatory 10-20-Life sentences.

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Willie Meggs’ announcement Monday, that he would not seek another term as Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney soon turned to reminiscence.  The veteran prosecutor shared some highlights and low-lights of what will be thirty-two years in office with reporters.

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The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled on a case relating to Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The matter—which pit State prosecutors against public defenders and defense lawyers—was also a matter of contention during last year’s legislative session.

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Should the Florida Supreme Court or the state Legislature have the power to shift the burden of proof to a defendant or the state prosecutor in a Stand Your Ground case? That question was recently before the high court as well as the Legislature earlier this year. So, could that come back into play again next legislative session?

The Case Before The Court

Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young was set to appear in court Friday to respond to claims he let prisoners out of jail without permission for short periods of time to visit family and girlfriends. But that appearance has been postponed. Lynn Hatter spoke with longtime Gadsden reporter Byron Spires about the latest in the case.

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Is a measure aiming to tweak Florida’s Stand Your Ground law dead this year? While some believe that effort is over, others—including the law’s main author—don’t seem to think so.

Last month, a proposal aimed at tweaking the controversial law began to move again, when it passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee—the bill’s second stop.

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State Attorneys say they’re against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.  At least one of those prosecutors says he’s also dead set against the so-called bipartisan tweak bill now moving in the Senate.

Tallahassee State Attorney Willie Meggs is railing against an NRA-backed provision in the bill that he insists would “make a bad policy a lot worse.” He says he opposes Stand Your Ground because Florida residents no longer feel they have the duty to retreat in a situation that could call for it.

Lawmakers Pass Package Of Sex Offender Reforms

Feb 12, 2014

Members of the House Appropriations Committee passed five different measures that do everything from requiring more information from sex offender registrants to requiring that victims and local law enforcement be notified when an offender is released from the Department of Children and Families’ care.

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The lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault says she’ll ask state attorney general Pam Bondi to investigate the Tallahassee Police Department’s conduct.

Patricia Carroll held a press conference Friday morning to blast the way the TPD and Tallahassee State Attorney Willie Meggs conducted their investigations.

Twitter Reacts To Winston Announcement

Dec 5, 2013

Accuser's changing story leads State Attorney to decline charges.

As National Sexual Assault Awareness Month fast approaches, child abuse sex survivor Lauren Book is partnering with Florida lawmakers and state attorneys in advocating for passage of a bill that would expand Florida’s Victimless Prosecution Law. The bill would extend the age for child abuse victims to have an alternative to having to face their abuser in court.

“Often times, it feels to the victim that you’re the one who’s on trial and that’s why I’m really excited about this bill,” said Lauren Book.

Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom racked up more than 800-thousand dollars in legal fees while defending himself against corruption charges that were eventually dropped. Now, he wants Florida taxpayers to pay him back, but some experts say Sansom may not get what he wants.

Judge denies gag order request in Cole case

Jul 24, 2012

Leon County Circuit Judge Frank Sheffield on Tuesday denied a request by State Attorney Willie Meggs to bar attorneys in the case of Carletha Cole from talking to the media.

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” has been pushed into the national spotlight after a 17 year-old, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Prosecutors have long been against “Stand Your Ground” because they believe it makes it more difficult to prosecute serious crimes like murder cases. But with increasing calls to repeal the law, defense attorneys say that would be a terrible mistake. We hear both sides of the argument:

 

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State Attorney, Willie Meggs of the 2nd judicial Circuit,