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A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary (Florida History and Culture)

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In the 1970s, justices on the Florida Supreme Court were popularly elected. But a number of scandals threatened to topple the court until public outrage led to profound reforms and fundamental changes in the way justices were seated.
 
One justice abruptly retired after being filmed on a high-roller junket to Las Vegas. Two others tried to fix cases in lower courts on behalf of campaign supporters. A fourth destroyed evidence by shredding his copy of a document into "seventeen equal" strips of paper that he then flushed down a toilet.
 
As the journalist who wrote most of the stories that exposed these events, Martin Dyckman played a key role in revealing the corruption, favoritism, and cronyism then rampant in the court.
 
A Most Disorderly Court recounts this dark period in Florida politics, when stunning revelations regularly came to light. He also traces the reform efforts that ultimately led to a constitutional amendment providing for the appointment of all Florida's appellate judges, and emphasizes the absolute importance of confidential sources for journalists.

About the Author

Martin A. Dyckman, retired associate editor of the St. Petersburg Times, is the author of Floridian of His Century: The Courage of Governor LeRoy Collins. In 1984, the Florida Bar Foundation recognized his writing on judicial reform with its Medal of Honor Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813032054
Author:
Dyckman, Martin A.
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Foreword by:
Arsenault, Raymond
Foreword by:
Mormino, Gary
Foreword:
Mormino, Gary
Foreword:
Arsenault, Raymond
Subject:
POL040030
Subject:
Courts
Subject:
Judicial corruption
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Government - Judicial Branch
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Judicial corruption - Florida
Subject:
Law-Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Florida History and Culture
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 bandw photos, notes, bibliography, ind
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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