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Young: You have to make the tough calls

Oct 24, 2020

In one case, someone was prosecuted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon when the “firearm” in question consisted only of the stock of the gun. Under state law, a firearm has to be capable of firing a projectile, she said.

As state attorney she’d be more transparent about decisions to charge or not charge suspects and more communicative with victims — two things she said she’s heard complaints about.

State Attorney Brodsky plays too much politics with public safety, says challenger Young

Oct 10, 2020

Ryan Flanzer was charged with firing several gunshots into an empty apartment unit in May 2018. Flanzer, 25 at the time and a member of a well-connected family, received no jail time as part of the deal negotiated with Brodsky’s office. Instead, he earned credit for the 18 months he received mental health treatment at a dual-diagnosis treatment program in Malibu, Calif.

Brodsky has defended the deal.

Disabled Sarasota man faces criminal charges in Shell Beach incident

Oct 6, 2020

SARASOTA COUNTY – A Sarasota man with mental disabilities is being charged with a misdemeanor in the ongoing feud between a Siesta Key homeowner and beachgoers on Shell Road.

Ed Brodsky won’t fire Eric Robinson as campaign treasurer

Sept 30, 2020

[Brodsky] spoke to Florida Politics about the matter a day after news broke of an investigation of Robinson for “potential election criminal misconduct.”

DeSantis on Sept. 22 issued an executive order redirecting the matter out of Brodsky’s 12th Judicial Circuit and to State Attorney Andrew Warren’s 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa.

State Attorney Ed Brodsky’s campaign treasurer under criminal investigation

Sept 30, 2020

Eric Robinson, the re-election campaign treasurer for State Attorney Ed Brodsky, is under criminal investigation for “potential election criminal misconduct,” according to an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis assigning the investigation to another state attorney.

Candidates for State Attorney clash in Tiger Bay debate

Sept 25, 2020

Young hit hard on Brodsky’s handling of the Ryan Flanzer case, a then 27-year-old Sarasota man who received a no-jail plea deal after he shot a downtown condominium door and was involved in a standoff with police. She questioned Brodsky’s inaction on new evidence that may show Sheena Morris did not hang herself; and prosecution of Darren Kuebler, who was accused of assaulting a jogger in Manatee County, but received a dismissal.

Why I'm Running: Betsy Young, State Attorney

I’m running for State Attorney because the 12th Circuit is in desperate need of reform and leadership that reflects the values of our community.

State Attorney Ed Brodsky fires longtime prosecutor for Facebook meme

July 23, 2020

Assistant Public Defender Mark Adams estimates he and Filkins worked more than 100 cases together.

“Rick was a fantastic prosecutor — in my opinion what the State Attorney’s Office should be,” he said. “He was extremely ethical. It was typical of him for a nonviolent offense to offer rehabilitative sentences — probation, drug counseling or treatment.

Betsy Young slams Ed Brodsky for prosecuting suicide attempt

May 21, 2020

The statement came out following a report by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that prosecutors are threatening to prosecute Santiago for shooting a firearm in his home and operating a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. The charges stem from an unsuccessful suicide attempt in Santiago’s home last year.

Shortly after Young released her statement, Brodsky’s Office announced it was drop all charges against Santiago.

North Port man faced up to 15 years in prison for suicide attempt

May 21, 2020

“This is the first time I’ve ever heard of this,” Melissa Larkin-Skinner, the regional CEO of Centerstone, which provides behavioral health care, also said Wednesday. She oversees all inpatient and outpatient services and programs and is a licensed mental health counselor with 25 years of experience.

Having a client who was both Baker Acted and charged criminally, she said, is extremely rare.

People on Sarasota man’s ‘hit list’ seek help from court

Feb 10, 2020

Ryan Flanzer was given a no-jail plea deal even though he was charged with seven felonies, including shooting into a dwelling, burglary and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

While the Sarasota Police Department took steps to protect six people on a “hit list” allegedly written by Ryan Flanzer, the State Attorney’s Office wouldn’t return their calls, according to court documents filed last week.

Manatee prosecutor: Brodsky's account of Sheena Morris case inaccurate

Jan 21, 2020

In an interview last week, Brodsky said he was personally conducting the inquiry along with his two chief homicide prosecutors, O’Donnell and Assistant State Attorney Art Brown. “We are actively reviewing it,” Brodsky told the Herald-Tribune. “We’ve been working on the case. We do expect in the near future we’ll be able to come forward with more information.”

O’Donnell’s email indicates that she has had no role in the case since the meeting with the Herald-Tribune and declined to comment further because her knowledge of the case is not current.

Morris’ mother, Kelly Osborn, is furious.

Police: Sarasota man facing no jail time in shooting had ‘hit list’ and weapons

Dec 30, 2019

Ryan Flanzer, the 27-year-old Sarasota man who shot up a condominium door lock and then spent hours in a standoff with SWAT officers — and who prosecutors say deserves no jail time — kept a “hit list,” according to police, who discovered drugs, an arsenal of weapons and boxes of sweat shirts bearing pictures of the Columbine shooters in his home.

Four of the six people who were on the list, also found in Flanzer’s home, question why prosecutors agreed to the no-jail plea deal Flanzer received Dec. 19.

No jail plea likely for condo shooter

Dec 23, 2019

“I am and have been a strong advocate for prosecuting people who commit crimes with guns,” Betsy Young told the Herald-Tribune Monday. “I have had clients who have had significant litigation who have been denied lenient sentences. I have also represented people who were poor and couldn’t afford to get out of jail so they couldn’t do mitigation. They were stuck in jail.”

“There is an inequity in the system; that needs to change.”

Was Sheena Morris murdered?

Sept 20, 2019

Jan Johnson, a certified senior crime scene analyst told The Herald-Tribune, that crime scene photos of Morris’ body prove that Morris was moved after her death. Johnson said marks known as lividity, caused by the pooling of blood after death, indicate that Morris was seated in a wicker chair at some point after her death.

Betsy Young Announces Candidacy for State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit

Sept 4, 2019

Sarasota, FL – This morning, respected attorney, community leader, and former prosecutor Betsy Young announced that she will run for State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit.