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Embattled Jacksonville Public Defender Matthew Shirk is being asked to resign by a local party head, following published reports in which he admitted to drinking in his city office and violating other policies.

Duval County Democratic Party Chairman Neil Henrichsen is calling for Shirk's "immediate resignation," calling the prosecutor "scandal-ridden."

"It is clear that he must resign his public position immediately to restore good government and public trust to the Public Defender’s Office,” Henrichsen said in a statement.