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A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida by Martin A. Dyckman

By Martin A. Dyckman

In the Seventies, justices at the Florida ideally suited court docket have been popularly elected. yet a few scandals threatened to topple the court docket till public outrage ended in profound reforms and basic adjustments within the means justices have been seated.

One justice unexpectedly retired after being filmed on a high-roller junket to Las Vegas. others attempted to mend situations in reduce courts on behalf of crusade supporters. A fourth destroyed proof by way of shredding his reproduction of a rfile into "seventeen equivalent" strips of paper that he then flushed down a toilet.

As the journalist who wrote many of the tales that revealed those occasions, Martin Dyckman performed a key position in revealing the corruption, favoritism, and cronyism then rampant within the court.

A such a lot Disorderly Court recounts this darkish interval in Florida politics, whilst attractive revelations usually got here to mild. He additionally lines the reform efforts that eventually resulted in a constitutional modification supplying for the appointment of all Florida's appellate judges, and emphasizes absolutely the value of exclusive assets for journalists.

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