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Legal Inquiry Into Sheriff Gregory Tony Inquiry Moved Out Of Broward County

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

The legal inquiry into Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony was moved out of Broward County, sources tell REDBROWARD. According to one source, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis authorized the move from Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor’s office in the 17th Judicial Circuit to State Attorney Amira Fox of the 20th Judicial Circuit. Fox’s office covers Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. REDBROWARD was told most special prosecutions are conducted from the Fort Myers office.

For months, sources told REDBROWARD that new Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor appeared disinclined to consider serious charges in the Tony matter.

In March, REDBROWARD was first to report a Federal grand jury in Miami heard evidence on matters related to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and others in Broward County.

In April, The Florida Bulldog confirmed a Federal investigation into matters surrounding Sheriff Tony. The website reported the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) was investigating bid rigging allegations involving a contract between BSO and North American Rescue.

REDBROWARD revealed concerns of a “turf war” grew strong when news broke of an inquiry into North American Rescue CEO Bob Castellani. In 2019, the South Carolina-based sold “bleed kits” to the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO). Castellani was a key supporter of Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony’s re-election.

REDBROWARD was told the inquiry sent to the State Attorneys Office of the 20th Judicial Circuit does not include the bleed kit matter.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Camille Coolidge Shotwell To Judicial Nominating Commission

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Broward attorney Camille Coolidge Shotwell to the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The JNC recommends potential nominees for the Broward bench. Ms. Shotwell also serves as legal counsel for the Broward Republican Party.

Here’s the press release from Governor DeSantis’ office:

Camille Coolidge Shotwell owns a law firm, Coolidge Law Group, P.A., that specializes in commercial real estate and family law in Fort Lauderdale. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University and law degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Law. Shotwell is appointed for a term ending July 1, 2024.