Lee Atkinson is a former federal and state prosecutor. He says Florida's extortion law is pretty clear, and while prosecutors can offer defendent's deals to avoid charges they first have to believe those charges would stick in court.
"To investigate her for violating a statute when on its face she could not be guilty of it would be an abuse of discretion," Atkinson said.
State Attorney Jerry Hill has some very strong opinions about Womack's latest barb.
He describes the former police chief as a "bitter, disappointed person who continues to make herself look small".
Hill says prosecutors allow defendants to engage in pre-trial diversion programs all the time, and the law does not consider that extortion.
Hill also explained that the Lakeland Police Department is in much better shape since Womack officially left the agency in February.
"The Department today is one thousand percent better off than it was under her leadership," Hill said. "She was a disaster."
The Governor's Office essentially dismissed Womack's request giving WFLA the following statement: "State Attorneys are accountable to the families of their district. Ms. Womack can explore her options through the court system."
A spokeswoman for FDLE confirms that agency has received Womack's request for an investigation, and the request is currently under review.
Womack, meantime, plans to forward her complaints on to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
"This is not something that will come as a surprise to a good number of people because I have been saying all along that these actions were inappropriate," Womack said.
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