Judge Admonishes Lawyers in Case Against FL Lt. Gov. Carroll

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A judge has admonished lawyers on both sides to limit their public comments in a criminal case against a former aide to Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

Circuit Judge Frank Sheffield spoke privately with the lawyers Tuesday, but he denied the prosecution’s request for a formal gag order.

Carletha Cole is charged with violating state law by secretly recording a conversation with Carroll’s chief of staff.

She then allegedly gave the recording to a newspaper reporter.

Cole’s lawyers subsequently filed court documents in which she claimed to have found Carroll in a compromising position with another female aide, Beatriz Ramos, which Carroll denied.

The defense lawyers also accused Ramos of setting fire to a trash can in Cole’s office and asked for a fire marshal’s investigation, which was denied.