News Release: Associated Press
August 19, 2014
MIAMI (AP) -- Former state Sen. Mandy Dawson has been ordered into a residential treatment program after violating probation because of cocaine use.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola also sentenced Dawson on Monday to time served for violating her probation. Dawson spent 67 days in jail since testing positive in June for cocaine in a urine sample test.
Dawson was on probation at the time for a 2012 tax evasion conviction. Scola ordered a new probation term of just over seven months.
In 1992 Dawson became the first black woman elected to the state Legislature from Broward County and served for 16 years in both the House and Senate until term limits forced her out in 2008.
Dawson had a previous drug-related probation violation. That time, Scola ordered counseling for addiction.
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