Matthew Shirk

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Jacksonville's future residents can look forward to a glimpse into the past after the dedication and unveiling of a time capsule at the Duval County Courthouse this week.

Michelle Shirk, the wife of embattled Jacksonville area Public Defender Matt Shirk has filed for divorce, saying her marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

City lawmakers pass a budget, TEACH brings teachers to Jax, and new documents in the investigation into Matt Shirk's office are in headlines this morning.

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Lawmakers hear from public on sex offender law reforms: State lawmakers heard from members of the public, including the mother of child murder and sexual assault victim Cherish Perrywinkle, at a hearing in Jacksonville on reforming state laws on sex offenders.

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.

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First phase of Dozier school excavation complete: Researchers from the University of South Florida completed the preliminary dig at the site of the former Dozier School for Boys, finding two skeletons.

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Sheriff gets funding restored in Jax budget: At the second of three hearings scheduled to finish budget negotiations this week, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had $27 million in funding restored, avoiding officer layoffs. 

Officials in the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott say they have started the process of determining who will act as a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of professional misconduct in the office of Jacksonville Public Defender Matthew Shirk.

The move comes after State Attorney Angela Corey sent a letter to Scott calling for an investigation, but asking that she be recused.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.