Hillsborough County (Fl.) Judge Eric Myers is now on the other side of the bench after an arrest for alleged domestic violence and an order to stay away from his wife and daughter. The arrest occurred on Saturday morning and Myers’ wife, Shirley Sanchez-Myers, 40, petitioned the court for protection over the weekend. She says that the judge beat her as their young daughter pleaded “Daddy stop hitting mommy.” Myers is the former head prosecutor overseeing drug cases in the county.
His wife charged that Myers, 58, beat her around 9 p.m. on Friday into unconsciousness and left her in their home in Odessa with their 5-year-old daughter. She describes an attack where Myers “slapped” and “punched” in the face and head and caused her “to black out and lose consciousness.” He was not arrested until around 2 am when Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies picked him up at the downtown Tampa courthouse where he works. Police say that he admitted to slapping her and hitting her once but with an open palm. However, his wife says that the police have pictures of bruised, bumps, and hair falling out from her head.
This is Judge Myers’ third wife and two prior divorces.
Myers hears misdemeanor and traffic cases and was appointed to the bench in 2000 by former Gov. Jeb Bush. Before that appointment, he was an assistant state attorney in Hillsborough and served as chief of the felony drug division.
Source: Tampa Bay