Charles Cofer

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law Senate Bill 118, prohibiting websites that publish criminal mugshots from charging to remove the photos.

Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, said websites are charging high prices to take down mugshots even if the person pictured has had the conviction sealed, or expunged.


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with new 4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Charles Cofer. He spoke about some of the changes he had and will make in the office. First Coast Connect book club leader Stacey Golding talked about her favorite Leo Tolstoy novels. Dr. Robert Cywes from Jacksonville Surgical Associates joined us to talk about programs to help diabetes patients control their weight, and Tito Sosa of Water Me Green told us about his upcoming event with Green Drinks Jax. 

    

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State attorney-elect Melissa Nelson said Monday the office needs to collaborate with the community to ensure laws are enforced in a fair and equitable manner.

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In a monumental legal shakeup for the First Coast, the 4th Judicial Circuit will have a new state attorney and public defender.

University of North Florida

Less than a week out from Florida’s primary elections, a new University of North Florida poll is spelling trouble for two Northeast Florida incumbents.

State Attorney Angela Corey is 30 points behind challenger Melissa Nelson.


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Candidates for several Northeast Florida offices gathered in the basement of a downtown Jacksonville church Thursday to talk about addressing homelessness.

For just over an hour, five Democrats and one Republican traded ideas and answered questions from members of the group Changing Homelessness.


Jacksonville Bar Association

The candidates vying to unseat State Attorney Angela Corey will share a stage with her this evening at the second candidate forum in as many days.  

Last night’s forum focused on the relationship between police, prosecutors and Jacksonville’s black community.


Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

A new poll of likely voters shows competitive races in two Northeast Florida contests, those for state attorney and public defender.

Incumbents Angela Corey and Matt Shirk are struggling against challengers.

Public Defender's Office

Charles Cofer, the former Duval County Judge hoping to unseat Public Defender Matt Shirk, says recent Florida Ethics Commission findings show his opponent isn't fit for office.

The commission found probable cause that Shirk violated Florida ethics laws.


We speak with retired County Judge Charles Cofer about his decision to run for the office of public defender. Current Public Defender Matt Shirk has yet to announce if he will run for a third term.