Jeff Ashton discusses prosecutor's Facebook comments

News conference held after controversial Facebook postings

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - State Attorney Jeff Ashton said on Thursday afternoon the assistant state attorney who has prosecuted many high-profile murder cases in Orange County that faced criticized for comments he reportedly posted on Facebook won't be reprimanded.

Prosecutor and Assistant State Attorney for Orange and Osceola counties Kenneth Lewis was apologetic at the news conference for using the wrong words.

"It was a poor choice of words," Lewis said, apologizing to anyone who took offense to the comments.

Lewis said he thought that his posts from May 6 and May 11 were only to his friends network on the social media website, and not visible to the general public.

Ashton said there won't be a social media policy moving forward from Lewis' posts and although he doesn't agree with the comments, he won't reprimand him.

"I am not reprimanding him because I believe the First Amendment gives everyone the right to offend me," Ashton said.

The news conference comes after Local 6's report on Wednesday on the comments drawing scrutiny, among them being a post that reads, "Happy Mother's Day to all the crack hoes out there. It'(s) never too late to turn it around, tie your tubes, clean up your life and make difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother."

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