Suwannee Democrat

Suwannee Democrat

August 23, 2012

Jarvis responds to memorandum

Live Oak — Third Circuit State Attorney Robert L. “Skip” Jarvis Jr. responded to the claims found in the memorandum released earlier this week by Fifth Circuit State Attorney Robert King, the special prosecutor who handled the case. 

Jarvis wrote in a press release Thursday that he learned of the memorandum that was to be presented to a Leon County grand jury this week from the press.

“At first I was angered that I had to learn of it from the press and not from the persons responsible for it,” Jarvis said. “After obtaining a copy from the press and reading it I was outraged.”

Jarvis said that at the advice of close friends he gathered his thoughts and was able to calmly respond. 
Jarvis called the findings in the memorandum “incorrect.”

“Days before the impending grand jury we had obtained a list of inquiries which were the subject of the investigation,” said Jarvis of the names that he reportedly ran through secure databases.

“I was able to go through and identify the vast majority of them, most being criminal investigations or job applicant background investigations,” Jarvis said.

He said there are some he doesn’t remember because of the time lapse between the inquiries. 
Jarvis also said that it was common for him to look up information right when someone would come in to his office or call on the telephone. 

He said he prepared a list of reasonings for each inquiry but learned only Wednesday night that the list had not been provided to investigators. 

Now, Jarvis just wants to work out his remaining time as state attorney. As part of a deal, Jarvis avoided the grand jury by agreeing to withdraw from his bid for reelection, to work out the remainder of his term and to have his rights to search secure databases revoked by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“The controversy is over,” Jarvis said in a press release Thursday. “I have agreed to withdraw my bid for reelection and the case has been closed. There is no benefit to having friends arguing with friends about whether there is a right or a wrong to this outcome. It is done.”

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