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Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Ordered To Obtain And Disclose Philadelphia Records

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, seen in January, has announced the firings of two more deputies over their failure to act during the 2018 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, seen in January, has announced the firings of two more deputies over their failure to act during the 2018 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony must obtain records spelling out what crimes he was charged with in Philadelphia as a teenager and whether he was convicted of any of those crimes, a Broward judge ruled Thursday.

Tony, who was appointed sheriff in January 2019 and won election to a full term last November, is being sued by former political opponents who accuse Tony of being ineligible to serve because of what they claim is at least one felony conviction in Pennsylvania. No official record of any such conviction has surfaced, and his accusers were ordered last month to come up with evidence to back their claims.

Tony has admitted that as a teenager, he was accused of murder in Philadelphia in a 1993 case that resulted in his acquittal. Details about that case have been scarce — juvenile records in Pennsylvania are sealed and not a public record, and Tony has said he was vindicated because he acted in self-defense.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.