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Harry Lee Coe, III, Tampa state attorney, kills self at 68
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p***@gmail.com
2016-07-10 16:50:26 UTC
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F*"k Harry Lee Ccoe. He was as crooked as a mountain trail. Couldn't happen to a more deserving man
c***@gmail.com
2017-05-21 05:02:31 UTC
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You could not have known Harry Lee Cole like I did one of the greatest men ever.
Sarah Ehrett
2017-05-21 20:10:07 UTC
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You could not have known Harry Lee Cole like I did one of the greatest men ever.
Bitch fight?
A Friend
2017-05-21 22:16:29 UTC
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You could not have known Harry Lee Cole like I did one of the greatest men ever.
Bitch fight?
Never heard of Coe, so I was curious. The original post is from July
14 2000 and says Coe was under investigation by Florida authorities.


Tampa State Attorney Found Dead
By VICKIE CHACHERE
(c) The Associated Press


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The county's top prosecutor apparently shot himself
to death under an expressway after the state began an investigation
into loans he got from subordinates.

State Attorney Harry Lee Coe III, 68, had disappeared from his office
Wednesday, shortly after Gov. Jeb Bush ordered the probe. Attempts to
reach him by cell phone, pager and at his home failed, and his body was
found Thursday morning under a highway, several hundred feet from his
home.

He died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police Lt. Jane
Castor said.

Several assistant state attorneys went to the scene, some in tears,
some embracing each other. Coe's body, covered with a white sheet,
appeared to be slumped against one of the expressway pilings.

Ida Coe, his ex-wife, arrived with their adult son and criticized the
Tampa-area media, which had covered his problems extensively in recent
days.

"It's a way of destroying a person and it's a shame," she said. "You
put yourself in that position and you would probably do the same."

A former circuit court judge, Coe was elected Hillsborough County state
attorney in 1992. He was seeking his third four-year term in November.

On Wednesday, the governor had ordered the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement to look into allegations Coe solicited loans from two
employees and erased public records being sought by the news media.

In January of last year, Coe borrowed about $12,000 from two people he
supervised - $7,000 from a now-retired investigator in his office and
$5,000 from his chief of personnel. Coe later repaid the loans.

Coe said he saw nothing wrong with borrowing money from employees he
considered longtime friends. He would not say why he turned to friends
instead of going to a bank, and offered no explanation for why he
needed the money.

Chief of Personnel Deanna Easterling said Coe repaid the loan when a
reporter began asking questions in June.

Coe's salary as state attorney and pension as a former judge exceeded
$216,000 a year. Financial disclosure forms filed with the state show
that Coe's personal debts had grown since mid-1999 from $102,000 to
$157,000.

Coe repeatedly declined to discuss reasons for his debt. He frequented
dog tracks but told The Tampa Tribune on Tuesday that he was not
gambling.

WFLA-TV had made a public records request for information from Coe's
government-issue laptop computer to determine if the state attorney had
visited racing sites online.

The computer files showed that Coe had visited only two Web sites,
neither racing-related. Coe and his staff denied tampering with the
computer files.

Simon Canasi, a Tampa stockbroker who has known Coe since 1992, said he
was shocked by his friend's apparent suicide.

"I knew he was troubled by this, I knew he was feeling some stress by
this," Canasi said. "If you had asked me if I thought he would take it
to this extreme, there's no way. The man was 68 years old and he
probably felt he couldn't deal with it anymore."
c***@gmail.com
2017-08-29 10:09:03 UTC
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Harry Lee Coe proved himself to be a coward when his life was abruptly endedicated by his own hand on July 13, 2000. Harry Lee Coe spent his life passing judgement and persecuting people without mercy. However, once the shoe was on the other foot and his own misdeeds were finally coming to the light, he simply took the cowardly way out, as opposed to standing up and facing the situation like a man. To be honest, many were glad that Harry Lee Coe chose to end his life in this manner, as this act is the last thing that he'll be known for. The legacy that he has left behind is that of a hypocritical coward
t***@yahoo.com
2020-03-11 09:12:03 UTC
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HE WAS GARBAGE. hIS WIFE AND CHILDREN INHERIT HIS PROFITS MADE DESTROYING THE LIVES OF SO MANY. HANGIN HARRY GAVE HIMSELF A FINAL JUDGEMENT
Dave P.
2020-03-11 21:08:36 UTC
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HE WAS GARBAGE. hIS WIFE AND CHILDREN INHERIT HIS PROFITS MADE DESTROYING THE LIVES OF SO MANY. HANGIN HARRY GAVE HIMSELF A FINAL JUDGEMENT
The Many Sides of Harry Lee Coe
Jun 23, 2017

Judge Morison Buck wrote the “Chips Off the Old Bench” column in the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s publication, Lawyer. Judge Buck passed away in 2014; however his biographies of 58 Hillsborough County judges are preserved. They make fascinating reading.

Perhaps the most interesting is the biography of Harry Lee Coe. The local daily newspapers, The Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times, the morning of July 14, 2000 reported: Hillsborough County State Attorney Harry Lee Coe III was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the left temple. The life of a well-known, successful, and popular (with most people) figure whose public life spanned three decades was over; but questions remained: Why would a man in seemingly robust health at 68 whose political future appeared secure sacrifice his life?

Judge Coe attended High School in Lakeland, FL. Recognition beyond Lakeland of his talent as a gifted athlete came when he received a combination baseball/basketball scholarship to the University of Florida. His pitching record at University of Florida stood for many years, and he was the first pitcher to be inducted into the UF Sports Hall of Fame. He signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers—the first individual from Lakeland to sign a major league contract; Boog Powell became the second Lakelander to be picked when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched in the Detroit Tigers farm system for three years during the spring and summer seasons during the windup of his schooling at Gainesville.

In the late 1950s, while still attending law school at Stetson University, Harry Coe helped pay his way through that program by pitching baseball for the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League.

Judge Coe ran the court over which he presided with firm determination to do what he felt was right and just. Contrary to the tag “Hanging Harry” seized upon and played up by the press, he was considered to be fair, particularly dealing with young persons having no significant criminal history. He believed in the familiar doctrine of “a second chance.”

Only Harry knew what prompted him to give up the prestige and security of his judgeship. But he did that in 1992 when, as a Democrat, he challenged the incumbent, widely respected Republican, Bill James. Harry Lee Coe was elected State Attorney.

Harry personally tried the case against Christopher Wilson. After the verdict of guilty in the case, one of the news services released a photo of State Attorney Coe embracing the victim of the crime and his mother. This was one of the most sensational criminal trials in Tampa’s history. Harry made a masterful closing argument, and both defendants were convicted of all charges. Shortly afterward, Judge Coe received a cherished letter from Gregory Peck. In the letter, Peck compares Harry to the famous lawyer from To Kill A Mockingbird:

When I saw this photo in the N.Y. Times, I could not help identifying with you, and thinking that in this case, you have played the role of Atticus Finch in real life, taken on the challenge, and won an important victory for all of us.

Harry Coe’s obsession with gambling in greyhound racing became such a dominate force in his life that in his waning years it is undisputed that he caged money from his subordinate associates to support his pathological problem.

The National Council on Problem Gambling based in Washington, D.C., which maintains a 24-hour toll-free helpline for those needing help or information, reports there is a strong link between suicide and pathological gambling. Las Vegas’ suicide rate is one of the highest in the world.
We will never understand fully why Harry Lee Coe took his life, but we can be grateful that such a fascinating and talented man walked this earth among us.

https://peacockgaffney.com/sides-harry-lee-coe/
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2020-03-12 15:18:45 UTC
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Harry Coe’s ***obsession with gambling*** in greyhound racing became such a dominate force in his life that in his waning years it is undisputed that he caged money from his subordinate associates to support his pathological problem.

Now, we know WHY.

Such a pity...
Dave P.
2020-03-12 20:25:41 UTC
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Harry Coe’s ***obsession with gambling*** in greyhound racing became such a dominate force in his life that in his waning years it is undisputed that he caged money from his subordinate associates to support his pathological problem.
Now, we know WHY.
Such a pity...
http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/

t***@yahoo.com
2020-03-11 09:05:08 UTC
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Tampa State Attorney Found Dead
By VICKIE CHACHERE
.c The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The county's top prosecutor apparently shot himself to death
under an expressway after the state began an investigation into loans he got
from subordinates.
State Attorney Harry Lee Coe III, 68, had disappeared from his office
Wednesday, shortly after Gov. Jeb Bush ordered the probe. Attempts to reach him
by cell phone, pager and at his home failed, and his body was found Thursday
morning under a highway, several hundred feet from his home.
He died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police Lt. Jane Castor
said.
Several assistant state attorneys went to the scene, some in tears, some
embracing each other. Coe's body, covered with a white sheet, appeared to be
slumped against one of the expressway pilings.
Ida Coe, his ex-wife, arrived with their adult son and criticized the
Tampa-area media, which had covered his problems extensively in recent days.
``It's a way of destroying a person and it's a shame,'' she said. ``You put
yourself in that position and you would probably do the same.''
A former circuit court judge, Coe was elected Hillsborough County state
attorney in 1992. He was seeking his third four-year term in November.
On Wednesday, the governor had ordered the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement to look into allegations Coe solicited loans from two employees and
erased public records being sought by the news media.
In January of last year, Coe borrowed about $12,000 from two people he
supervised - $7,000 from a now-retired investigator in his office and $5,000
from his chief of personnel. Coe later repaid the loans.
Coe said he saw nothing wrong with borrowing money from employees he considered
longtime friends. He would not say why he turned to friends instead of going to
a bank, and offered no explanation for why he needed the money.
Chief of Personnel Deanna Easterling said Coe repaid the loan when a reporter
began asking questions in June.
Coe's salary as state attorney and pension as a former judge exceeded $216,000
a year. Financial disclosure forms filed with the state show that Coe's
personal debts had grown since mid-1999 from $102,000 to $157,000.
Coe repeatedly declined to discuss reasons for his debt. He frequented dog
tracks but told The Tampa Tribune on Tuesday that he was not gambling.
WFLA-TV had made a public records request for information from Coe's
government-issue laptop computer to determine if the state attorney had visited
racing sites online.
The computer files showed that Coe had visited only two Web sites, neither
racing-related. Coe and his staff denied tampering with the computer files.
Simon Canasi, a Tampa stockbroker who has known Coe since 1992, said he was
shocked by his friend's apparent suicide.
``I knew he was troubled by this, I knew he was feeling some stress by this,''
Canasi said. ``If you had asked me if I thought he would take it to this
extreme, there's no way. The man was 68 years old and he probably felt he
couldn't deal with it anymore.''
t***@yahoo.com
2020-03-11 09:06:09 UTC
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GOOD RIDDANCE
t***@yahoo.com
2020-03-11 09:09:32 UTC
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HANGING HARRY WAS A PIECE OF SHIT. AT LEAST HE RENDERED A PROPER JUDGEMENT ON HIMSELF AFTER DESTROYING SO MANY LIVES FROM UNDER ROBES BEHIND HIS COWARDS BENCH.
FUCK HIM AND HIS FAMILY.
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