A judge sentenced a Florida man to 10 days in jail, one-year probation and 150 hours of community service because he overslept and failed to show up for jury duty. Records show he’s done it before, and some suggest the punishments were based on race. State Sen. Bobby Powell filed a formal complaint against the judge and believes he should be removed from office.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— State Rep. Susan Valdes wants students to be able to take off one day each semester for mental health reasons. Two other states have already passed similar laws.
— Dean Ridings, the of the Florida Press Association is resigning next month, but he’s not giving up on newspapers. Ridings is going national.
— The latest in a continuing series on little-known talents of Florida politicians. In this installment, state Sen. Rob Bradley reveals he has a thing for color schemes and mascots of sports teams.
— New adventures of Florida Men: A guy who tried to barbecue some sex offenders and a drug dealer dressed up as a doctor to escape the law. He failed.