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From the Tallahassee Democrat. Tallahassee attorney and former prosecutor Pete Williams filed to run for State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit on Friday. Williams nearly unseated longtime State Attorney Willie Meggs in 2012, when he lost with 49 percent of the vote. Read the full story.
From the October 24, 2012 edition of the Tallahassee Democrat: State attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit is one of the most powerful elected positions in the Panhandle. For 27 years, Willie Meggs has been at the helm, directing an army of attorneys who determine who gets prosecuted, from misdemeanors to white-collar crimes to capital cases. Mr. Meggs, 69, is running for an eighth term. He prides himself on being tough on Tallahassee’s gang members and drug dealers and says his prosecution helps maintain the quality of life this community enjoys. Challenging Mr. Meggs is Pete Williams, a 60-year-old attorney who
Florida Police Benevolent Association: Willie Meggs Sparks Reform of D.R.O.P., Supreme Court to Hear Lingering Ramifications
Via Yahoo! News: By allegedly “double-dipping” from D.R.O.P., State Attorney Willie Meggs ignited controversy that resulted in a reformed and less effective retirement plan for Florida’s state employees. The Supreme Court will hear a case regarding the ongoing ramifications of these program alterations. TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — State retirement programs are created in an effort to assist employees in saving for their retirement. Because Florida’s state employees are ranked as the lowest paid in the nation, according to Florida Police Benevolent Association’s Matt Puckett, the Deferred Retirement Option Program, or D.R.O.P., was designed to assist them in accumulating
A former statewide prosecutor has filed to run against state attorney Willie Meggs. Peter Williams was a special prosecutor for Governor Crist, and more recently served as an inspector general at two state agencies. Williams says he resigned from his job at the Department of Education last week so he could qualify to run without any conflicts. “I felt like it was time somebody ran against him and gave the voters a choice,” Williams said. Williams says Meggs has been state attorney too long and his office has suffered. “The record I see is a record of unequal justice, of