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Reports: Chris Crowley was an Incompetent Prosecutor

  • Crowley was fired for poor performance at the State Attorney’s Office.
  • Crowley was also asked to resign from the Statewide Prosecutor’s Office when he lost the confidence of law enforcement.
  • Now Crowley is running to lead the State Attorney’s Office.

The Naples Daily news and News-Press have obtained public record information about State Attorney Candidate Chris Crowley from his time at that agency, and at the Statewide Prosecutor’s office, and the records do not paint a good picture. Crowley was asked to leave Statewide after numerous complaints, including concerns from experienced detectives about his competence on the job. Office head George Richards, who is now a circuit judge, expressed concern to his supervisor in Tampa that Crowley’s poor performance on the job would harm the office’s good working relationship with local law enforcement. He said the general consensus among law enforcement was that “Crowley did not inspire a lot of confidence as a prosecutor.”

The paper also obtained documents from his personnel file from his days working for current State Attorney Stephen Russell. According to a note in his personnel file, he was dismissed for poor performance. Another website has anonymously published additional information purporting to be from Crowley’s personnel file that his supervisor found that his trial preparation was poor, his understanding of the law deficient, even in the specific area he was assigned, and that he was difficult to work with, prior to his being let go for failing to meet the expectation and standards of the office for an attorney of his tenure.

crowley raffle

Crowley selling raffle tickets

The “This is Chris” website, was anonymously published, but Patrick Riley’s reporting has verified much of it. Further, the court documentation referred to is verifiable, and the other documents appear to be legitimate copies from public record inquiries. There growing line of serious questions about Crowley’s competence as a prosecutor. The new complaints follow the concerns about his judgment that we have previously covered, when he may have committed a felony and campaign violations at a fund raiser. These are all red flags that indicate Crowley is not a good candidate to be the top law enforcement officer for Southwest Florida.


Trial Underway for Alleged Police Shooter in Cape Coral

Yousel Rivera

Yousel Rivera

Jury selection began yesterday in the case of Yousel Rivera, who allegedly shot Cape Coral Police Officer David Wagoner. The shooting was caught on tape. Fortunately, Officer Wagoner survived. Rivera faces life in prison if convicted as charged, for Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer With a Firearm. He must be sentenced to at least 25 years to Life, if convicted, under the 10-20-Life law. The News-Press did a pretty thorough article today, quoting me extensively about some thoughts on the trial. I used to work for Mr. Russell, and when I was a prosecutor, tried a murder case with Ms. Scalise, who are the prosecutors handling the case. They are very good, as is Mr. Rivera’s attorney, David Brener. Court watchers will get to see some of the most talented criminal practitioners over the next week or so of this trial.