By Martin A. Dyckman

ISBN-10: 0813032059

ISBN-13: 9780813032054

In the Seventies, justices at the Florida splendid court docket have been popularly elected. yet a few scandals threatened to topple the courtroom until eventually public outrage resulted in profound reforms and primary alterations within the manner 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 decrease courts on behalf of crusade supporters. A fourth destroyed proof through shredding his replica of a record 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 function in revealing the corruption, favoritism, and cronyism then rampant within the court.

A so much Disorderly Court recounts this darkish interval in Florida politics, while lovely revelations on a regular basis got here to gentle. He additionally lines the reform efforts that eventually ended in a constitutional modification delivering for the appointment of all Florida's appellate judges, and emphasizes absolutely the significance of private assets for journalists.

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