- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Former state Sen. Mandy Dawson has been released from jail after serving about a month for a probation violation involving cocaine use.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola decided Friday to release Dawson rather than keep her locked up for two more months as prosecutors wanted. Dawson has had previous probation violations for drug use, but the South Florida Sun Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1KTfaxA ) reports she promised Friday to continue treatment for addiction.

Dawson has been on probation for a 2012 tax evasion conviction involving secret payments from lobbyists.

A Democrat, Dawson in 1992 became the first black woman elected to the state Legislature from Broward County and served for 16 years in both the House and Senate until term limits forced her out in 2008.

She currently lives in Daytona Beach.


Information from: Sun Sentinel , https://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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