By Martin A. Dyckman
In the Nineteen Seventies, justices at the Florida ultimate court docket have been popularly elected. yet a couple of 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 circumstances in reduce courts on behalf of crusade supporters. A fourth destroyed proof by way of shredding his replica of a record into "seventeen equivalent" strips of paper that he then flushed down a toilet.
As the journalist who wrote lots 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 gorgeous revelations on a regular basis got here to gentle. He additionally lines the reform efforts that eventually resulted in a constitutional modification offering for the appointment of all Florida's appellate judges, and emphasizes absolutely the significance of personal assets for journalists.
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