Matt Shirk

Former Public Defender Matt Shirk Censured, Reprimanded And Fined By Ethics Commission

Sep 13, 2019
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Four years after Jacksonville’s former public defender, Matt Shirk, first faced ethics complaints, the now-disgraced attorney faced punishment Friday morning.

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our first Media Roundtable of the year. Our panel included Claire Goforth from Folio Weekly, Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT Business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also heard from the founder of The Center for Sustainable Agricultural Education and Conservation Angela TenBroeck and bandleader and violinist for the Sultans of Swing Chris McKhool joined us by phone to talk about their latest CD “Subcontinental Drift” and an upcoming appearance in Jacksonville.  


Florida Bar Opens Investigation Into Matt Shirk

Jan 5, 2017

Embattled former 4th Judicial Circuit Court public defender Matt Shirk now faces a disciplinary investigation from the Florida Bar.

The News4Jax I-TEAM learned Wednesday evening that the Florida Bar was reviewing a special grand jury's findings on Shirk from two years ago. When Shirk left office, he returned to the jurisdiction of the Florida Bar, which has now opened a disciplinary investigation into his conduct.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” it was our final episode of 2016 with the annual year in review Media Roundtable with guest host Ryan Benk. Our panel included A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke with Harvard School of Public Health researcher Steve Gortmaker about the financial incentives Jacksonville could receive by passing a tax on sugary drinks. 

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

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.

Kevin Meerschaert

Florida Politics and Folio Weekly writer A.G. Gancarski talked with Melissa Ross Tuesday about next week’s primary election. Tobacco Free Florida has a new program to help people quit smoking, WJCT-TV is helping teens become successful adults and it’s time for “Wine, Women and Shoes” to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. 


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.

State Attorney and Public Defender Races

A new UNF poll of likely voters in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit shows the potential for turnover in the State Attorney and Public Defender offices.

Both Angela Corey and Matt Shirk are trailing their respective challengers in those races, Melissa Nelson and Charles Cofer.

Mike Binder, director of UNF's Public Opinion Research Laboratory, joins us to discuss the results of the survey.

Duval Democratic Party

Beaches Democrats are hoping to gain insight into the August primary race for Northeast Florida public defender, even though they don’t have a candidate running.  

A forum about the Distrct 4 public defender will be held at the Beaches Democratic Club Tuesday night.

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida Times-Union columnist; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; and A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer.

Topics include the Florida Ethics Commission into Public Defender Matt Shirk, the state attorney's race, and more.

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.

Media Roundtable Week In Review

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer;  and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the debate this week between State Attorney Angela Corey and Public Defender Matt Shirk, the controversy surrounding a police-involved shooting in Jacksonville, and more.

Kit Cummings

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Two Republican candidates squared off in a debate Wednesday at a meeting of the Southside Business Men’s Club — but they’re running for different offices.