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George C. Richards Circuit Court Judge Group 29 Election Day, August 14th 2012 WWW.KeepJudgeGeorgeRichards.Com

Country of Citizenship: United States of America Florida Bar Number: 0000620 WORK EXPERIENCE: 20th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA Dates Employed: 09/12/09-Present Job title and Duties-Circuit Court Judge: September 2009-March 2010, Charlotte and Lee County Foreclosure docket. Several Felony Jury Trials. Pleas, VOPs, motions on felony criminal matters. March 1, 2010 Present: Charlotte County Circuit Civil docket. Jury and non-jury trials. Motions, hearings, etc on all civil matters. Hours per Week: 50 to 60 hours.

OFFICE of STATEWIDE PROSECUTION Fort Myers Office 2075 West First Street, Suite 203 Fort Myers, Florida 33901 Dates Employed: 09/26/02 09/11/09 Supervisor: William N. Shepherd. Job title and Duties Chief Assistant Statewide Prosecutor: Supervision of the daily operations of the Fort Myers office to include accepting/rejecting cases, all charging decisions, and plea offers, as well as personnel issues, purchasing, etc. Multi-jurisdictional investigation, charging, and prosecution of major felony crimes, including identity theft, drug trafficking, Medicaid fraud, and white collar crime. Work with law enforcement, in an advisory role, during the investigation of these crimes. Draft applications and supervise monitoring of wiretaps. Drafting of formal charging documents. Perform legal research. Write responses to defense motions such as motions to dismiss, suppress, etc. Extend formal plea offers. Try cases to verdict before a jury. This position entails frequent travel among the five counties making up the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and occasional travel to counties outside the circuit. I am cross-sworn as an Assistant State Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. I am also cross-sworn as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. Hours per Week: 50 to 60 hours.

OFFICE of the STATE ATTORNEY Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. Dates Employed: 02/01/98 09/20/02 Supervisor: Curt Morgan, Job Title and Duties Assistant State Attorney / Deputy Chief of Juvenile Divisions: Preparation, plea negotiations, and trials of felony criminal cases. Supervisor of day-to-day functions of the Juvenile Trial Divisions. Training and supervision of new attorneys in the juvenile division. Responsible for all plea offers in the Juvenile Division to resolve cases. Served as spokesperson for the State Attorneys

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office in community outreach for crime prevention. Responsible for recommendations for juveniles to be tried in the adult system. Assisted new attorneys in legal research, drafting responses to defense motions and memoranda. Hours per Week: 50 to 60 hours. OFFICE of the STATE ATTORNEY Orange County, Orlando, Florida. Dates Employed: 03/01/94 - 01/31/98 Supervisor: Jon Morgan (now a judge). Job Title and Duties Assistant State Attorney: Preparation, plea negotiations, and trials of misdemeanor, traffic, juvenile, and felony criminal cases. Hours per Week: 50 to 60 hours. OFFICE of the STATE ATTORNEY Dade County, Miami, Florida Dates Employed: Summer 1993 Job Title and Duties Certified Legal Intern: Assisted in preparation, plea negotiation and trials of cases within the Domestic Violence Unit. HAITIAN REFUGEE CENTER Miami, Florida Dates of Employment: Summer 1992 Job Title and Duties Legal Intern: Preparation of asylum requests on behalf of refugees. CUMMINS S.E. POWER, INC. Miami, Florida Dates Employed: 1981-1984 Job Title and Duties Diesel Mechanic: Repair of diesel engines. KHANSAHEB SYKES LTD. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Dates Employed: 1977-1980 Job Title and Duties Supervisor: Supervision of a work force to maintain and repair construction equipment on large building projects and oil installations. SYKES PUMPS LTD. Castleford, England Dates Employed: 1970-1977 Job Title and Duties Diesel Mechanic: Repair of construction equipment EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW, Coral Gables, Florida Juris Doctor, December 1993 Activities: S.B.A. Minority Affairs Committee Dean's Disability Issues Committee Founder, Society for Law and Disabled Students IL Advisor

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BARRY UNIVERSITY Miami, Florida Bachelor of Science, December 1990 Major: Clinical Psychology Honors: Presidential Scholarship Dean's List Activities: Student Advisor MIAMI-DADE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Miami, Florida Associate in Arts (Honors), December 1988 Major: Psychology Honors: Dean's List Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Outstanding Academic Achievement Behavioral Studies Departmental Award GED Miami, Florida. 1987 Did not attend High School in the United States. Primary and Secondary Education completed in England. JUDICIAL EDUCATION: Florida Judicial College 2010 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies 2010 Conference of Circuit Judges 2010 JUDICIAL TEACHING: Charlotte County Sheriffs Office Legal Updates, 2010 National Business Institute Judicial Forum, 2010, 2012 Guest Speaker at Southwest Florida College, Charlotte County, 2010 Minority Mentoring Picnic, Legends and Leaders Speaker, 2010, 2011 Ave Maria School of Law, 2012 JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENTS: Kathy Bolam v. Sarasota Canvassing Board, Case Number 2010 CA 9443. Sarasota County Vote Recount Issue. Appellate Banc Judge, July-December 2011. BAR ADMISSIONS: United States Supreme Court Supreme Court of the State of Florida United States District Court - Middle District of Florida Lee County Bar Association Charlotte County Bar Association Calusa Inns of Court-Master SERVICE: Keynote speaker at the Mayors Alliance Services for People with Disabilities December 5, 2007 Guest Speaker at the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets class, April 2011. Keynote speaker at the Able Trust of Florida in Tallahassee, 2010 Trainer at Florida Bar Diversity Training for Judges Tampa, FL., November 16, 2007 Trainer at Florida Bar Diversity Training for Judicial Staff Orlando, FL., November 9, 2007 Board of Directors, Goodwill of S.W. Florida, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

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Guest Speaker at Mississippi University for Women, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Guest Speaker at Rassmussen College, 2009. Guest Speaker at South West College, Lee County, 2010. Charlotte County Mock Trial Judge, 2010, 2011, 2012 Keynote speaker at Disability Mentoring Day, October 17, 2007 Keynote speaker at Disability Mentoring Day at North Fort Myers High School, October 15, 2008 Appointed to Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Florida Attorney Generals Office Representative on the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearings Legal System Accessibility Task Force Florida Bar Certified Diversity Trainer In-school volunteer with the Child Predator Cybercrime Unit. LaBelle High School, September 2008, East Lee County High School 2009, Mariner High School, 2009, Lely High School 2009. CLM Workforce Keynote Speaker, Crystal River, FL, 2007 Chairperson of the Disability Committee of the Equal Opportunity Section of the Florida Bar, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. Board member of the Mayors Alliance: Advocates for People with Disabilities, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. Stetson Law School Diversity Picnic, 2008 Panelist at Florida International Law School Law Students with Disabilities, 2008 Appointed to the Florida Bar Working Group for Implementation of Disability Independence Groups Recommendations, 2008 Lee County School District Volunteer Students with Disabilities, 2008 Florida Bar Association Work Group/The Disability Independence Group, Disability and Diversity Initiative for Lawyers with Disabilities, Chairperson, Committee on Courthouse and Community Access, 2005-2007 Participant at the Florida Bar Diversity Symposium, Stetson College of Law, Tampa Law Center on April 22, 2005 and at Florida International University, Miami on April 12, 2007. 20th Judicial Circuit Courthouse Access Advisor. Speaker at the 2005 Fall Roundtable for the 4th, 5th, and 6th Circuits of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Disability Mentoring Day 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. Lee County Bar Association Mock Trial Judge, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Minority Mentoring Picnic (Florida Bar) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 Speaker at Business Leadership Network November 15, 2007 Lee County Physical Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition (LeePAN) Volunteer 2006-2007. Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League Crime Prevention and Intervention Great American Teach-In Crime Stoppers Courthouse Improvement Accessibility Team Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

AWARDS: Outstanding volunteer with the Tampa Urban League Crime Prevention and Intervention Program. Award in recognition of service to the Tampa Police Department Law Enforcement Aftercare Program (LEAP) Davis Productivity Award. Charlotte County Sheriffs Office Certificate of Appreciation.