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Tampa DUI cases to be reviewed - what if you're on the list?

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Looking to shore up confidence after a controversial DUI arrest, the Tampa Police department is launching a review of several dozen DUI cases.

8/1/2013 Related Story: Attorney asks independent counsel to investigate Tampa DUI unit

The review by a six-member team that includes a retired circuit court judge and the Florida Attorney General's statewide prosecutor will look at open cases connected to Sgt. Raymond Fernandez and Officer Tim McGinnis – the two officers involved with the high-profile arrest of attorney Phil Campbell in January.

So what does it mean for defendants who are on that list of cases?

"I would think that for the majority of cases they're going to look at, there's no reason to get excited at this point in time," said Joe Bodiford, a criminal defense attorney and Stetson Law School adjunct professor.

8/5/2013 Related Story: Some Tampa DUI arrests not caught on camera

The review is expected to include 34 cases connected to the two Tampa officers – four cases for Fernandez and 30 cases for McGinnis – as well as a random sampling of other cases. TPD says findings from the review team will be turned over to the State Attorney's Office.

The team is not scheduled to review any old cases, but criminal trial attorney W.F. Casey Ebsary says the panel's conclusions could raise questions about old, closed cases if new evidence or a pattern of conduct is found.

7/31/2013 Related Story: Tampa cop involved in MJ Schnitt's DUI case reassigned

"Newly discovered evidence in these cases that may have been, should have been disclosed to defense attorneys prior to these people pleading – that may reopen a number of old cases," Ebsary said.

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