[UPDATE] Back to Back DUI, No Jail Called "Mistake"

UPDATE -- November 30, 2011

Tallahassee, FL -- Tallahassee's lead DUI prosecutor will no longer be handling drunk driving cases and the state attorney says a sweetheart deal for his fiance is one reason why.

Jeremy Mutz has been assigned a new felony caseload.

Mutz's girlfriend Lisa Brown was arrested for drunk driving twice this year but cut a deferred prosecution deal to avoid jail time.

State attorney Willie Meggs says that deal was a mistake by another prosecutor who has since left the office for private practice.

Yet Meggs says the public is aware that Mutz's girlfriend got favorable treatment. Meggs says he was making moves within the office and "this was a good time to move" Mutz to avoid any perceptions of preferential treatment.

Meggs said David Marsey will now handle DUI cases in the state attorney's office as well as some other responsibilities.

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October 25, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

The state attorney says a deal that let a Tallahassee woman avoid jail time in a pair of back to back DUI's was a mistake.

It all started when Lisa Brown was arrested during a stop at the Whataburger on Thomasville Road in April and her fiance, assistant state attorney Jeremy Mutz, was called to the scene to take her home.

Video taken by the police car's dash camera that night shows officers leading the stumbling, screaming woman from her car to the patrol car.

Court records show the initial reckless driving charges were eventually upgraded to DUI and Brown was charged with DUI for another incident days later.

Despite the back to back arrests, Brown got a deferred prosecution deal and did not get any jail time.

State attorney Willie Meggs says he told the prosecutor handling the case to handle it "like we handle all other cases."

Did that happen?

"No, it did not," Meggs said.

What should have happened?

"She should have been required to plea to two dui's. Our policy would have been that she had done some jail time," Meggs said.

The state attorney says Mutz did not intervene on his fiance's behalf in either case.

Meggs says the prosecutor who handled the case is now in private practice and there's nothing he can do to fix it now.

Meggs said in hindsight he could have hired a special prosecutor.


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