Nancy Daniels retires after 26 years as Leon County public defender Posted December 29, 2016 by Tallahassee Bar Association


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DECEMBER 28, 2016

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Tallahassee Democrat | Article | December 27, 2016

After 26 years as public defender for Leon County, Nancy Daniels oversaw more than 16,000 cases, represented 13,000 clients, got the state to drop charges in 944 cases, and assigned more than 1,000 appeals. She will step down this week, handing over the reins to Andy Thomas. “When you’ve been going as long as I have, it’s hard to go from 100 mph to zero,” Daniels said weeks before her final days in office. She’s proudest of helping create the Palmer Munroe Teen Center on Jackson Bluff Road. Daniels’ retirement plans include doing some legislative work for the Florida Public Defender’s Association, teaching classes at Florida State University and working on some cases related to the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabama — rulings that require juveniles given life sentences to have their sentences reduced.