[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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  • by James on Dec 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    Every single DUI, or DUI-related case, should be dropped if that sweetheart-dealing state attorney had anything to do with it. Even if he was just assisting another state attorney. And the state attorney should be fired, along with discipline from the Florida Bar. Meggs is a coward about facing the music, especially this close to his retirement, and his self-proclaimed golden record. Yeah, right.
  • by susie Location: florida on Dec 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    yeah.....we all can talk smack b ut when it comes down to people we care about, how many would not do the same. All i can say is if you say you would'nt you are a liar. Sorry, but it's so easy to sit in jugdement of others. Is it fair, of course it's not, but consider two people are drowning,one is your loved one. who are you going to try to save?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM
    Harvey's still in charge of Wakulla county. If you think otherwise, you are ignorant.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    just the normal for the towns criminal elite. no mistake..a true literal get out of jail free card-cause ya got sumpin on willie~!...like HARVEY.
  • by idk on Dec 2, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    well i think this is dead worng and we all should be able to get a slap on the wrist
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    Maybe everyone that has commented should contact the Governor's Office or the US Department of Justice about this miscarriage of justice. The SAO, TPD, and last but not least, the LCSO should all be investigated for their impropriaties. It's not just DUI's, there are other cases of the same scenarios where some are prosecuted and some not. Remember these instances if you are ever called to sit in the jury box. The Criminal Justice System is broken. Is there any way to fix it?
  • by another bent over citizen Location: United States on Dec 1, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    CARTE BLANCHE FOR THESE CONNECTED FOLKS. IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW! this makes me really p'od to see privileged connected people getting away with whatever. Remember Sheriff Harvey?
  • by Wake Up on Dec 1, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    You have Larry's son working for Willie and Willie's son working for Larry ...HHHHHmmmm!!!
  • by justice Location: tallahassee on Dec 1, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    So, I guess this is anothe Penn State issue??? Really why is Meggs always making Exxxcuses, when it comes down to his guys! Really? I think it's time for a Change!!! and You know what I mean!
  • by friend on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    Im glad they didnt charge her it could have ruined her life.
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