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A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary

Dyckman, Martin A.

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ISBN 10: 0813032059 / ISBN 13: 9780813032054
Published by University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2008
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Signed by the author, Martin Dyckman, on the title page; not personalized to anyone. Volume itself has blue/green and black cloth covers with white lettering on the spine. Dust jacket is protected in an archival quality cover. 204 pages. Book is clean, fresh, tight and bright. Today, Florida Supreme Court justices are appointed through a system that is intended to exalt the qualifications of candidates over political skill or connections. In 1971, though, justices were elected by popular vote until scandals at the heart of the very independence and objectivity they were sworn to uphold threatened to topple the state's highest court. This is the story. A very nice signed copy. Bookseller Inventory # 002581

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Title: A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform ...

Publisher: University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By the Author

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing.

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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.

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A compelling story of scandal and reform at the highest levels of state government "This is a fascinating account of a sordid chapter in the history of the Florida Supreme Court. It reads more like a novel than a history book; the story is engagingly told and beautifully written."--Ann Piccard, Stetson University "A nice snapshot of a moment in Florida's history that provides a glimpse of how business and power can corrupt a legal system anywhere."--Elizabeth Dale, University of Florida 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.

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